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.
It was Murray’s first final and the first time number one and number two will star in the final.
After the two players held serve in the first six games, Murray pounced on a string of errors by Djokovic and claimed his serve to go 5-3. He held his own to go win the first set 6-3 in 46 minutes.
In the second set, Murray led 4-1, but was broken by Djokovic who reduced the deficit to 4-2. Djokovic served out his game in love, and narrowed score to 3-4. Was a twist in the waiting?
It was Murray that served next. Both players shared the first two points and then Murray took the next three to stay in safe land at 5-3.
It was Djokovic’s turn and he also held serve to go 4-5. Murray then served for the championship. The Briton held all his demons in check as he took the first two points, to go 30-0. But Djokovic, fighting to stay in the game, took the next two to level, 30-30. Murray won the first match point, but Djokovic saved it. Murray won the second match point and closed the match.
The Finals was the 35th meeting between the pair, with Djokovic winning 24 and Murray 11.
Djokovic was the defending champion at the ATP Finals and indeed had won the last four. Murray who was on a 23-match winning streak has now ended Djokovic’s run and dominance as world number one.
Murray said at the end of the match that lasted one hour 42minutes: “We’ve played Grand Slam finals and in the Olympics before, but I am very happy to win.
“It is something I never expected.”
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.”
Earlier, Henri Kontinen and John Peers beat Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram to win the season ending doubles championship.