Nitto ATP Finals The O2, London | NOV 12-19
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Murray Beats Djokovic In London, Finishes As Year-End No. 1

Andy Murray cements his place in the history books in becoming the 17th player to finish atop the Emirates ATP Rankings and first Brit to lift the trophy at the season finale. © Getty Images

Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic to win his first Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title and finish year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Read how it happened below.

Read a full report on what it means here.

Andy Murray's 2016
Ends the season on a 24-match win streak;
Finishes year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time in his career;
Wins a tour-leading nine titles, including three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals;
Ends Djokovic's four-year reign at The O2;
Wins a tour-leading and career-best 78 matches, ending the year 78-9.

Murray d. Djokovic 6-3, 6-4, becomes the 17th man to finish year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

7:59 p.m. GMT: Murray again hits a second serve on championship point, but this time, Djokovic rips it wide.

7:58 p.m. GMT: A grueling rally sees Djokovic yank a forehand wide. Murray's third championship point.

7:57 p.m. GMT: Another second serve on championship point from Murray, and another championship point erased by Djokovic. We're back to deuce.

7:56 p.m. GMT: The crowd roars as Murray blasts a service winner. Championship point No. 2 for the Scot.

7:55 p.m. GMT: Djokovic isn't out of this yet. He bludgeons a Murray second serve and erases the match point with an overhead, much like the one he had missed earlier in the match. Back to deuce, 5-4 in the second set.

7:53 p.m. GMT: Djokovic taps a lob long, and we have a championship point, 40/30 Murray.

7:48 p.m. GMT: The moment Murray has been waiting for has arrived. He leads 5-3 and will serve for the match. What's on the line? The year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking. Murray's 23-match win streak. His first Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title. So, a lot.

7:45 p.m. GMT: Djokovic looks into this final, but Murray continues to be the more solid player. Novak overcooks another backhand, and Murray holds to lead 5-3 in the second set. The 29 year old is a game away from history and his first win against Djokovic since the Rome final in May.

7:40 p.m. GMT: Djokovic swings through an easy forehand into the open court and has now won nine of the past 12 points in this Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title match. Murray is still up a break and will serve leading 4-3 but this final certainly feels differently than it did 10 minutes ago. Speaking of pressure: Murray sticks to his plan under pressure in London.

7:37 p.m. GMT: Djokovic sees his first break point and seizes it. The Serbian will serve to get within a game of Djokovic. He's serving now at 2-4.

7:31 p.m. GMT: Murray breaks again and leads 4-1 in the second set. Djokovic hits a backhand long on break point and walks back to his bench with his head down. Murray is now two games away from ending the best season of his life as No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

7:24 p.m. GMT: With Murray serving at 30/15, Djokovic slaps a swinging volley into the net. He hits over the net, and we're at 30/30. But he misses, and Murray clinches the game, holding to 15. Murray has now held for six consecutive games and is yet to face a break point. He had his shaky start – two double faults in the opener – but since then has been rock solid. The Scot has won 86 per cent of his first-serve points against the World No. 2 Djokovic. That's a higher percentage than he's won before Sunday in London (71 per cent). The Scot now leads 3-1 in the second set.

7:12 p.m. GMT: The perfect start for Murray. On the Scot's third break point, Djokovic falters in the rally, dumping a backhand into the net. Murray to serve, leading 1-0.

Murray is now a set away from becoming the 17th man in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973) to finish year-end No. 1.

7:02 p.m. GMT: Djokovic nets a backhand, and Murray takes the first set 6-3. He celebrates with more fist pumps and quiet glares to his box. Murray is 10-5 against Djokovic after winning the first set. The first-set winner in this rivalry has won 15 of their past 16 meetings. Read more: The Rivalry: Novak & Andy.

6:58 p.m. GMT: After a brief backhand battle, Murray steps around his two-handed side and blasts an inside-out forehand that Djokovic slices into the net, and we have our first break of the match. Murray celebrates with a muted fist pump. He leads 5-3 and will serve for the set.

6:50 p.m. GMT: Back to you, Novak. Murray rips a backhand winner down the line to hold to 15. Thirty-three minutes into the first set, Djokovic to serve, 3-4. Changeover reading and watching: Have you heard? The Top 8 took on the #MannequinChallenge. Watch now.

6:46 p.m. GMT: After going 0/8 during Djokovic's first two service games, Murray sees two break points come and go while the Serbian served at 2-3. Back at deuce, Djokovic squatted down for a backhand volley to have a game point but let a backhand return from Murray go past untouched. On another game point, the Serbian then missed a gimme overhead. But, at last, Murray lifted a backhand long and the Belgrade native survived a nine-minute, 30-second game to tie the first set at 3-3.

6:35 p.m. GMT: Murray delivers a service winner, and after 18 minutes, we're still on serve, 3-2. Djokovic remains a perfect 8/8 on serve, seven of those first-serve points. Watch now: The proud family behind the Murray champions

6:28 p.m. GMT: Novak Djokovic starts very sharply, hitting all four first serves and holding to love. Murray, serving for the second time of the match, puts together a much better service game, holding to 30 as Djokovic sails a backhand long. Murray leads 2-1. Changeover reading: Djokovic reflects on Murray 'bromance'.

6:20 p.m. GMT: Murray overcomes a shaky start on his serve, including two double faults, to start the title match of the season finale on top. He leads 1-0.


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