Tennis: Murray with chance to prove he merits No.1

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Nollywood directors could not have written this script any better. Today, in London, Andy Murray has the chance to show that he truly merits the position as the No.1 male tennis on the planet.

Murray comes up against former No.1, Novak Djokovic, in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday.

Murray had to dig very deep before a three-set win over Milos Raonic with the match ending 5-7, 7-6, 7-6 in favour of the Briton while Djokovic absolutely thrashed Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1 to set up the mouth-watering final.

After the exhausting contest, Murray revealed that he did not know if he could be fresh for the final against Djokovic.

“I don’t know how I’ll feel tomorrow [Sunday]. I’m obviously tired just now because it was a really hard match. It wasn’t just that it was physically hard, it was mentally a tough match, too. It was pretty stressful.

“I was quite far behind obviously in the second set. A set and a break down, and managed to turn it round. Then it was back and forth in the third set. ‘The body is a bit sore after such a long match, but mentally it was tiring, too,” he added.

Against the master of the big occasions, Murray would have to be at his very best because Djokovic has the edge in their meetings. The Serb has won 13 of the last 15 meetings and in total head-to-heads, leads 24-10.

Their last meeting was in Paris in the final of the 2016 French Open where Djokovic triumphed 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

“Tomorrow [Sunday] is the last day for a while, get a break after that – I’ll just give my best of what I’ve got,” Murray said.

Though the new No.1 is looking forward to a much-deserved break – he needs to finish the job he started at the beginning of 2016 – remain in his exalted position till January 2017 at the least.


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