The Scot drew on every last reserve in his depleted store to overcome Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 to win the ATP Tour Finals and seal the year-end number-one spot.
At the beginning of the week, Murray and Djokovic faced very different draws in London. The Serb’s was by far the more benign. Murray’s, you felt, would have him on court for at least three hours more if he were to make the final.
And so it turned out. But over the course of an astonishing week, Murray took out the world’s seventh (now sixth), fifth, fourth, third and, ultimately, second-ranked players.
The achievement is all the greater because Djokovic had...
Earlier this week, the Scotsman set a tournament record for the longest-ever three-set match when he beat Kei Nishikori in over three hours and 20 minutes. But that seemed like a fag break after today’s three-hour, 38-minute juggernaut.
In a pulsating encounter in a frenzied O2 Arena, Raonic took the first set after Murray's beefed-up second serve had kept him clinging on – until he double-faulted on a fourth break point at 5-5. The Canadian duly served out the set.
Murray had spent much of the set fishing for his best tennis in barren ...
Following today’s 6-4 6-2 demolition of Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Tour Finals, he’s now beaten three in the space of five days.
This was Murray’s final round-robin match in the John McEnroe group and the result and performance were the perfect way to answer his critics. As the Scot’s supporters have argued, you can only beat the player who’s in front of you.
With successive victories over Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori and now Wawrinka, Murray has done that in some style this week at the O2.
Before the match began, Murray knew that one set would be enough to take him through to Saturday...
It was an epic battle between two of the best competitors on tour, extending to over three hours and 20 minutes - the longest-ever match at the World Tour Finals. Nishikori's dynamic hitting and court coverage caused plenty of difficulties for Murray, who wasn't at his best for large stretches of the match.
The world number one's determination and resilience under pressure never went away though and he recovered well from losing a first set tiebreak to turn the match around.
It was a patchy fir...
Playing his first match as world number one, Murray received a rapturous welcome from the home crowd as he entered the court. He overcame a patchy first set performance to dominate the second set on route to victory.
Both players were unable to produce their best tennis in the first set. Flashes of good play were overshadowed by errors, both struggling to hit winners – the set ended with a 7/31 winner to unforced error count. But the new world number one played the big points better.
Murray took an early lead, patient play drawing errors from the Croat. But the Brit handed the initiative straight back t...
It’s by no means a straightforward draw for Murray, with all three players having beaten him in the last 12 months. However, he still comfortably leads the head to head against Cilic and Nishikori, and his current form and motivation to finish the year ranked number one should prove valuable against tough opposition.
Novak Djokovic, by contrast, has been dealt a kinder draw. He will face injury-troubled Milos Raonic (who may yet pull out), Gael Monfils and Dominic Thiem. The Serb holds a combined 23-0 head to head lead against the players in his group. But a lot will depend on whether he can i...
Andy Murray: the Man in the Arena