Murray survives match point to beat Raonic at ATP finals

Murray survives match point to beat Raonic at ATP finals

Murray survives match point to beat Raonic at ATP finals

Andy Murray will end 2016 as the number-one player in men's tennis after emphatically coming out on top in his much-hyped duel with Novak Djokovic to win the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time.

"These next few years, I want to try and make them the best of my career".

In the early match, Thiem went through another second-set letdown before putting things right to give himself a chance to advance.

The 12-time major victor admits he is looking forward to playing in such a historic match, as it will be the first time the world's top two players have contested the ATP World Tour Final.

"You never know how you are going to start, but I started off very well".

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Without a doubt, Andy Murray will be the No. 1 player in the world for the rest of the year.

Djokovic had won 24 of the pair's 34 previous meetings and Murray was hardly helped by an energy-sapping three hour and 38 minute tussle with Wimbledon finalist Raonic of Canada the day before. A 3-all match had Murray suddenly up a set and a double break. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to feel like crap tomorrow", said Raonic who is still without a career win against a resident world number one. This is a major event and one I've not done well in in the past, so it's been a great week.

Murray effectively ended Wawrinka's resistance with a clinical volley that secured another break in the third game and prompted the frustrated Swiss star to smash two racquets and draw a code violation.

Andy Murray of Britain serves to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Finals singles final tennis match at the O2 arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

"Andy's definitely No. 1 in the world".

Djokovic had breezed past Kei Nishikori, 6-1, 6-1, his last-four tie.

"I started off very well and got a 4-0 lead", said Djokovic, the defending champion. I've lost many of them, but I am happy to have got the win today to clinch the year-end No. 1. "He deserved to win". "But maybe in the important moments I was just a little bit more solid, and maybe had that extra little bit of confidence, which in the past when we played each other maybe he's had".

Djokovic sprayed the court with unforced errors Sunday - 30 in all - while Murray rolled largely because of the impressive 84 percent of points he won on his first serve.

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