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ATP World Tour Finals London: Murrays make ATP tennis history

Published: 20 Nov 2016

Andy Murray’s victory over Novak Djokovic means he and his brother Jamie are the first brothers ever to end the year on world number one in both singles and doubles.

In a much anticipated final the Scottish singles number one defended his newly gained position remarkably against the slightly favoured number two Djokovic only needing two sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Despite being just a side story in the build up towards the great Murray vs. Djokovic ‘winner takes it all’ final in London, the Murray brothers story is one now screaming for headlines.

Jamie Murray’s new partnership with Brazilian Bruno Soares in the doubles carried through to the semi-finals where they bounced on Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram who went on losing the final.

However, the French cooperation Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert did not make it through the Round Robin which meant Murray and Soares leapfrogged them to the pole in the ATP world ranking.

Although disappointed for not making it to the final Jamie set his younger brother up for a historical night of tennis on Sunday.

Andy Murray broke the record for longest match in the history of the tournament twice in the run-up towards the final, but the Scot proved his excellent physical form showing no sign of fatigue in the first set.

Andy Murray took his 24th consecutive win and ninth tournament victory of the year

He launched off breaking the Serb’s fourth serving game and hauled in the first set 6-3.

With the London crowd behind him at the O2, he again broke Djokovic's first serve of the second set.

Djokovic started piling up unforced errors, and Murray had his first sniff of blood after he broke the Serb for the third time after only 70 minutes of play.

But Djokovic being known as one of the masters of the comeback went through Murray's next serve and won eight points in a row.

Having to do it the hard way Murray served out a thrilling last game with his third championship point taking his 24th consecutive win and his ninth tournament victory of the year.

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