Since 2004 Tennis has been dominated by Roger, Rafa and Novak, players have challenged but no one more consistent as Andy Murray who worked incredibly hard to match these guys.
2016 saw a new world number one in a phenomenal season and only the fourth different number one since February 2004 in Andy Murray who finished his 2016 season unbeaten and the winner of the ATP World Tour Finals.
Not only did Murray win the tour finals in London but also was an unbeaten champion and ended his year on a 26 match winning streak!
Having it been won by Djokovic for four consecutive years and one defeat in those four years it would take something incredible to do it and de-thrown Djokovic but he did it in incredible fashion!
2016 was magnificent for Murray who won 9 titles and finished the year as world number one following a stellar week in London. Murray picked up the world number one ranking after the US Open and held it for 41 consecutive weeks going into 2017 but before that he needed to bring his best to London which he did!
Straight set victories against Cilic and Wawrinka put the Brit in a good position but a three set battle was sandwiched between before advancing to the semi-finals for a fourth time.
After three semi-final defeats in 2008, 2010 and 2012 another tough challenge faced Andy in the big serving Milos Raonic.
Raonic played the percentages well and despite falling easier than expected in the Wimbledon final a few months before the Canadian really put up a stellar fight!
After serving for the match at 6-5 it was only fitting this would go to a third set tie-break after a relentless marathon already between the Wimbledon finalists.
Murray took a 5-3 lead but the response of Raonic continued to be impeccable with the Canadian fighting back level and then saving match point with a monstrous forehand. Another two match points came and went for the world number one and then faced one in a dramatic twist of events.
Raonic led 9-8 on the Murray serve but a brave forehand and volley at the net combo from the Brit levelled the tie once again.
The 20th point of a crucial tie-break went the way of the Brit following stunning defence forcing the error from Raonic with Murray advancing to his first ever final at the ATP World Tour Finals.
Next up for Murray was the four time defending champion in Novak Djokovic who lost just once in over four years in London but despite losing to Novak in Melbourne, Madrid and Paris the Brit followed up his win in Rome with another two set dominance winning 6-3 6-4 to win the Tour Finals.
The perfect end to a phenomenal year for Andy Murray, unbeaten tour finals champion, world number one, 26 match winning streak!
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