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Andy Murray ends 2016 as World No. 1



Andy Murray defeated five-time champion, Novak Djokovic, to win his first ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday and will now 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.

The 29-year-old had ended Djokovic’s 122-week reign as world number one two weeks ago and has now extended his career-best winning run to 24 matches.

His win also ended Djokovic’s four-year run of winning the tournament and the Serb’s quest to equal Roger Federer’s record of six titles.

“I’m very happy to win and to be world number one is very special,” Murray said afterwards.

“It’s very special playing against Novak in a match like this.”

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

“It is something I never expected.”

Djokovic was graceful in defeat and full of praise for Murray.

“Andy is definitely number one in the world,” he admitted.

“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.”

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