BELGRADE – British tennis player Andy Murray ended 2016 with a stunning 6-3, 6-4 victory over Serbian Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour Finals and retain his status as men’s singles world number one.
Murray’s success at the 02 Arena was his ninth title of the season and fifth in a row following victories in Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna and Paris. He will now finish the year rated world number one, having gained the ranking from long-reigning champion Djokovic.
Beaten Djokovic, who had hoped to match Roger Federer’s record of six titles in the end of season event, had no answer to Murray’s continued hot streak as the Scot extended his winning run to 24 matches.
“Andy is definitely number one in the world,” conceded a magnanimous Djokovic and added “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.”
The victory completed a remarkable year for Murray which has seen him record a number of career firsts for a single season, including winning over $13 million in prize money, reaching 13 Tour finals and securing a spot in three Grand Slam finals.