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Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to seal world number one spot

2016-11-20 23:09:35

Andy MurrayAndy Murray has gone 24 matches without defeat

Britain's Andy Murray beat five-time champion Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour Finals title and end 2016 as the world number one.

With the year-end top ranking on the line, Murray won the much-anticipated final 6-3 6-4 at London's O2 Arena.

"I'm very happy to win and to be world number one is very special," said the Scot. "It's very special playing against Novak in a match like this."

Murray, 29, extended his career-best winning run to 24 matches.

The victory also ends Djokovic's four-year run of success at the tournament and the Serb's bid to equal Roger Federer's record of six titles.

Murray, who had won 10 of the pair's previous 34 encounters, added: "We've played Grand Slam finals and Olympic finals before, but I am very happy to win.

"It is something I never expected."

Murray makes number one spot his own

A capacity crowd of 17,000 packed into the O2 Arena to witness a match that felt more like a heavyweight championship bout than a tennis match, and it was Murray who rose to the occasion.

"Andy is definitely number one in the world," said Djokovic. "He deserved to win. He is the best player.

"In the decisive moments, I wasn't able to come back. I played better late in the match but it wasn't enough."

Murray went into the match having played over three hours more than Djokovic during the course of the week, but in the end it was his big-match sharpness that prevailed.

More to follow.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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