It has been a fantastic year for Andy Murray.
He won his second Wimbledon title in July, and claimed his second Olympic gold medal just a month later in Rio.
Those titles have played a huge part in Murray becoming world number one for the first time as well, having secured the spot at the top of the rankings with victory in the Paris Masters over the weekend.
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After his victory over John Isner in Sunday’s final, Murray said: “The year I’ve had to have to barely get there has been unbelievably difficult. I’ve had to work extremely hard. I never thought I’d be number one in the world.”
Murray’s attention will now turn to the World Tour Finals at London’s o2 Arena starting next week.
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Novak Djokovic is another man who will be at the tournament, and will be hoping to return to the top of the world rankings after sacrificing the title at the weekend.
The Brit will face a tough challenge though, after being drawn to face Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, and Marin Cilic in the McEnroe group.
The draw is about as tough as Murray could have wished for, as he will face the world’s third, fifth, and seventh ranked players in the final event of the season.
Murray’s record in the tournament is not impressive, having never reached the final. His recent record against his opponents is also pretty poor, having lost to Wawrinka in straight sets at the World Tour Finals last year, his third straight defeat to the Swiss number one.
He was also beaten by Nishikori in the US Open this year, as well as being defeated by Cilic at the Cincinnati Masters.
Djokovic, on the other hand, has been drawn in the Lendl Group, and faces on paper what appears to be a much easier group.
He will take on Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic, along with Gael Monfis and Dominic Thiem, who are both competing at the o2 for the first time.
After learning his fate, Murray said “The last few years I haven’t played so well there. One year, I played really well and missed out by, I don’t even know what it was in the end, but by a game.
“One of the years, I played one of the best matches of the year against Rafa Nadal in the semi-finals... I just want to play my best and finish the year on a good note in that respect.”
Murray will open his campaign against Marin Cilic on November 14, and will hope to hold on to his world number one ranking.
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