On current form, Andy Murray seems unstoppable.
The Scot’s rise to the summit of the tennis world rankings has capped off an incredible 2016 that also saw him bag his second Wimbledon title.
Nevertheless, Milos Raonic, the man Murray defeated on Centre Court in July, has revealed the world number one’s ‘biggest test’.
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While Murray has never been far from the title of tennis’ finest, the 29-year-old has had to contend with some of the sport’s greatest ever players. After all, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic is some set of rivals.
However, recent years have seen Nadal and Federer wane with age and Djokovic has endured an uncharacteristic decline in form.
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Consequently, Murray has grasped the opportunity with both hands and became the first British male to top the rankings since their inauguration. In addition, with 23 victories on the bounce, he has more than justified his placing.
This was no more apparent than in the Scot’s blockbuster ATP World Tour Final clash with Raonic. After a grueling 3 hour 38 minute match, Murray emerged victorious with both parties exhausted.
After the match, Raonic was swift to comment on the man who defeated him in the Wimbledon final and under the lights of the O2 Arena.
According to Sky Sports, the Canadian revealed: "That will be the biggest test, I think. Andy has been the best player in the world, definitely, for the last six months.
"That's the only thing that's sort of missing from there, that showdown with Novak. If that's the scenario tomorrow, it couldn't be a more ideal one, let's say, for a person that loves tennis."
So, although there is great reason to be excited about Murray at the moment, hype shouldn’t spill over until he lock horns with Djokovic. After all, the pair haven’t faced off during Murray’s monumental run.
Nevertheless, if the Serbian is to join the world number one in the final, it would prove the perfect face-off. Murray would have an ideal scenario in which to assert his authority as the best in the game against the man who last held the title.
As we all know though, victory over Djokovic is no easy task, regardless of his form.
Murray is no stranger to that fact. The 29-year-old has lost no less than five Grand Slam finals to his Serbian rival and suffered such a fate in a tense French Open climax this year.
On home soil though, the British favourite may just prove the player most fancied in any potential face-off. Until such a victory is sealed however, Murray will have to keep looking over his shoulder from his new, lofty perch.
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