Murray cements world No. 1 spot
LONDON, England (AP):
Andy Murray earned the year-end No. 1 ranking and his first title at the ATP finals yesterday, beating Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the last match of the tennis season.
The Wimbledon champion, who took over from Djokovic as the top-ranked player two weeks ago, needed to win yesterday to ensure he finished the season as the No. 1-ranked player in the world for the first time.
Murray started with a pair of double-faults in the opening game, but it was soon Djokovic that was struggling with his serve. The second-ranked Serb was broken once in the first set and twice in the second as the unforced errors piled up.
Normally so steady with his groundstrokes, Djokovic found himself missing easy shots time after time, finishing the match with a whopping 30 unforced errors and only 13 winners. Murray had 15 unforced errors and 13 winners.
Murray is the first man other than Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to finish the year as the No. 1-ranked player since Andy Roddick in 2003.