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ATP World Tour Finals: Andy Murray, Emirates ATP Rankings No 1

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:11 GMT, Nov 21, 2016 |
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Having worked relentlessly to reach the summit of the tennis world, Andy Murray is determined to hang on to No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

The 29-year-old dismantled Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals showdown to end the season on a 24-match winning streak to finish 2016 as the year-end No. 1 for the first time in his career. The Scot has won an ATP World Tour leading nine titles this campaign, with a career-best 78-9 match record, but is under no illusions over the size of the task to remain No. 1

“I would like to try and stay there, obviously. It’s taken a huge effort the last five, six months to get there,” said Murray at The O2 arena after Sunday’s triumph. “I would obviously like to stay there. I’m aware that’s going to be extremely difficult because I had a great year this year. I only managed to do it by one match. To repeat that again next year is going to be extremely difficult.

Murray is also aware that the Next Gen are going to be forcing their way into contention for the top honours. “I want to try and achieve as much as I can these next few years because I’m not going to be around forever,” reflected Murray, who also cinched a second Wimbledon title and Olympic gold medal in 2016. “I’m not going to be able to play at this level and play this many matches into my mid-30s. The young guys are going to keep improving and getting better.”