masters16murray_djokovic

masters16murray_djokovic

Points won by each set: [ 31-27, 33-29 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
30 % Murray – 18 of 59
21 % Djokovic – 13 of 61

For the first time in history in the last ATP match of the season met two players who were fighting for the No. 1 ranking in the end of the year. Murray [1], who was playing against Djokovic [2] for the 35th time, but only for the first time as a higher ranked player, had an initiative from the beginning. Between 3-all & 2:0 in the 2nd set, he won five straight games, something unusual in their confrontations. The Scot already led 4:1 (30/15) in the 2nd set when committed a double fault and the Serb improved his game. It was too late though, and Murray could celebrate his triumph after third match point. “It’s a very special day, playing against Novak in a match like this,” said Murray. “We’ve played in Grand Slam finals, Olympics and matches like this – it’s been a tough rivalry. I’ve lost many of them, but I am happy to have got the win today to clinch the year-end No. 1. It’s very special, it’s something that I never expected. My team and family have been a great help, making a lot of sacrifices for me and my tennis. I’d like to congratulate Novak on everything he has achieved this year.”

Murray’s route to his 44th title:
rr Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2
rr Kei Nishikori 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4
rr Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2
S Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(9) – 1 m.p.
W Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4

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