Murray, Djokovic set up Sunday shootout at ATP finals

Murray, Djokovic set up Sunday shootout at ATP finals

Andy Murray clobbered Novak Djokovic, his friend and fiercest rival in two straight sets, 6-3 6-4 to win the ATP World Tour Finals and also retain his number one ranking in the world of tennis. I managed to get enough breaks to win it.

Murray has stopped Djokovic from equalling Roger Federer's record of six WTA World Tour Finals crowns for now. Next it was Raonic's turn to have a match point, at 8-9, but Murray tucked away a winning volley. But he has always been the one with the least amount of Grand Slam titles, the one who was close but never quite reached No. 1.

It is a tremendous accomplishment for Murray, and perhaps a fitting ending to what has been a odd year for Djokovic.

With the first set in the bag, Djokovic went for the kill and hounded Nishikori into dropping serve yet again in the first game of the second set.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the dominant forces of men's tennis, will collide head-on in a fitting climax to the season at the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday. "I hear this is the first time in the history of the ATP that the two best players are deciding the rankings in the last match". The second-ranked Serb was broken once in the first set and twice in the second as the unforced errors piled up.

Novak Djokovic believes a lack of court sharpness led to defeat to year-end world number one Andy Murray in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals.

"He played the best tennis in the decisive moments".

"I had to fight very hard to get over the line", Murray said. "It's a script", Djokovic said.

With the win, the top-ranked Murray advanced to the final of the tournament where he will face the victor of the other semifinal between Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic.

The 12-time Grand Slam victor would not go quietly, and earns one break back, and saves one match point, and another thanks to this wicked forehand.

The pair are now likely to battle for the No 1 spot in the opening months of the new campaign, but Djokovic insisted he was not yet planning for 2017 - and said Murray should not have to either.

"I have massive respect for everything that he's done, for him as a player", Murray said. Because of the best-of-five-set matches, they're the ones you have to really put in the extra work for and the extra training for.

For Djokovic, this loss was more evidence of how his form and temperament has nosedived since winning the French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam.

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