After Andy Murray beat Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals and Rafael Nadal in Friday’s semi-finals, the two-time Grand Slam winner was looking good for the finale encounter with the world number one.
Unfortunately, the Serb announced his withdrawal from the final due to suffering from a fever hours before the match would take place.
He said: "I’ve been sick today with a fever and I’m not fit to play. I said after my match last night, the crowds here have shown their love of tennis again this year & always inspire me to play my best, so I am hugely disappointed not to be able to play for them tonight.”
Djokovic ended 2014 winning the ATP World Tour Finals by default when Roger Federer shared the news to the crowd that an injury struck his back the night before.
Murray will be bitterly disappointed to not have played any tennis in the final; he would have wanted to have won the title fair and square. It would have helped his preparations for the Australian Open later this month.
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3rd place play-off
After the news had been heard of Djokovic’s exit, the bitterly disappointed spectators were able to at least witness one match on the court between Stanislas Wawrinka and Nadal for the third place finish.
Nadal secured his first victory of 2015 with a convincing straight set victory over the Swiss number two, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 in 1 hour and 27 minutes.
The opening set was a tough one to call so it had to be decided on tie break with both players breaking each other’s serve throughout the set. The Spaniard started to show why he is a 14 time Grand Slam winner when he thrashed Wawrinka 7-1 in the tie break.
Once the match got to the second set, Nadal got the head start by winning his serve then went onto break Stan the man’s serve.
Wawrinka did bring the set back level to 2-2 but let the match slip away once again to 2-5. The Australian Open champion and Davis Cup winner got himself a game back and denied three match points from his opponent but couldn’t hold on much longer to finish fourth in the competition.
As long as Djokovic recovers from his illness he’ll be travelling to Qatar in Doha with Nadal for their first ATP competition of the New Year on Monday (5th January).
Murray said during his trophy presentation speech that he’ll be travelling to Perth after business is sorted in Abu Dhabi to join Heather Watson for the Hopman Cup.