Today, Andy Murray outlasted Novak Djokovic – the best player of his generation – in the finals of the ATP Finals tournament to finish 2016 as World #1 in men’s tennis.
Despite a gruelling 3-½ hour semifinal against surging Canadian Milos Raonic yesterday, Murray was able to summon the energy to dispatch Djokovic 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic had to have been much fresher going into today’s match after easily eliminating Kei Nishikori in under an hour in his own semifinal Saturday.
Murray’s victory capped a stunning second half of the year, in which he won Wimbledon and the Olympics as well as capturing the elusive year-end top ranking for the first time in his career.
Observers are wondering how much better 25-year-old Raonic can get now that he has added finesse and a net game to his power serve. Money has him moving up in 2017’s rankings.