Murray Wins in 1st Small Step Toward Year-end No. 1 at ATP World Tour Finals; Djokovic-Raonic Tues
by Staff | November 14th, 2016, 6:18 pm

World No. 1 Andy Murray won his official first match in the top spot on the ATP Rankings on Monday, and Kei Nishikori was on point in round robin results at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Murray is 1-0 in round robin play after beating No. 7 seed Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-2.

“It was a really, really good atmosphere tonight,” said Murray. “After a long few months, it’s nice to know that I’m going to be finishing the year playing in that sort of atmosphere. It helps you get up for the matches a bit more, as well.”

It was one small step toward securing the coveted year-end No. 1 ranking, and he goes back ahead of Djokovic in the 2016 Race. He also wins his 20th straight match to improve to 73-9.

In front of his home crowd, Murray broke for a 3-1 lead in both sets, eventually sending Cilic to an 0-4 career record at the year-end championships.

“Obviously, I need to get into the rhythm on the serve,” said Cilic. “I think I wasn’t hitting the spots so well today. I think obviously Andy was returning really well.”

On Wednesday Murray will next face No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori, who on Monday used pinpoint accuracy to dismantle a fairly-uninterested-looking Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3.

“It was not a great match, compared to what I can do,” said Wawrinka. “It wasn’t a great day for myself. In general, I think he played well and put a lot of pressure from the beginning. I don’t think I found anything on the court today. I was a little bit slow on everything. I was hesitating a lot with my game, my movement.”

Nishikori, who made it to the semis at the year-end final in 2014, is off to a 1-0 start in round robin play.

“I saw that he wasn’t playing his best and he was making a lot of unforced errors,” Nishikori said. “I saw a lot of opportunities today, so I tried to be aggressive. Even in the second set, I stayed really tough and played a good match today. It gives me a little confidence.”

The 31-year-old Wawrinka did not see a singles break point opportunity during the brief affair.

Murray had nothing but praise ahead of his match-up with Nishikori.

“I would say this is probably his best year that he’s had on the tour,” Murray said. “He’s one of the best players in the world. He’s been playing very well the last few months especially.”

Tuesday in London will see No. 6 Gael “Force” Monfils vs. No. 8 Dominic Thiem in a battle of debutants, and No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 4 Milos Raonic. Raonic and Djokovic can qualify for the semifinals:
– Raonic qualifies if he defeats Djokovic in 2 sets.
– Raonic also qualifies if he defeats Djokovic and Monfils defeats Thiem.
– Djokovic qualifies if he defeats Raonic and Thiem defeats Monfils.

[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) v [3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)
[6] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) v [8] T Huey (PHI) / M Mirnyi (BLR)

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25 Comments for Murray Wins in 1st Small Step Toward Year-end No. 1 at ATP World Tour Finals; Djokovic-Raonic Tues

J-Kath Says:

Well, Wogboy, we’ll see if Milos has any more surprises up his sleeve or whereever his injury area was….

Wog Boy Says:


I really wouldn’t like to look at where Milos’s injury area was..;)

Farah Diba Says:

I hope Andy can still ‘purring’ when he met with Kei next.Kei’s game looks very dangerous..He loves to unleash his DTL shots regularly..But i’m pretty sure Andy can tame him this time..i just hope he can do it in just 2 sets..Also,i hope there’s nothing serious with his hamstring..

Danica Says:

Hahaha Wog Boy :)))

I’m really looking forward to seeing the results tomorrow. Semis already on the line!!!

Van Persie Says:

Djoko wins today against an injured or non-injured Raonic.
Also expect Thiem to beat Monfils, in 3 sets probably, we’ll see.

J-Kath Says:


If Milos loses, especially loses heavily today, he’s already “on message” – he originally said he would play one match. To be fair, he may still have injury niggles. I expect Monfils to beat Thiem.

WB: Well, you’ll just have to nominate someone else to do it for you….be very careful who you nominate…it isn’t Rafa remember.

J-Kath Says:

Mauresmo is having a second child and has with drawn from coaching the French women’s group.

RZ Says:

A win for Team Thiem – nice!
Too bad Monfils is injured though.

J-Kath Says:

Gael may withdraw from his match with Nole. David Goffin would replace him.

Margot Says:

RZ: Thiem gave an interview for the BBC. He has started a football team and it will [;at in the Austrian league next year. I couldn’t quite get whether he is actually playing or managing, but I thought, “Good on you!” He’s a big football fan, Chelsea I think.
Monfils looked fine to me, running around like Road Runner himself.

RZ Says:

@Margot – nice! He should play – his tennis season has not exhausted him enough. :-)

A bunch of Twitter comments said Monfils was injured. It’s on Twitter so it must be true!

MMT Says:

Spare a thought for a tennis great who just passed away: Gardner Mulloy

J-Kath Says:

Thiem is the President of the new Austrian football league.

J-Kath Says:

I’m now being told it takes 24 hous…..won’t trouble further.
Taa Margot.

RZ Says:

@MMT – thanks for the link. I wasn’t aware of Gardner Mulloy or his place in tennis history. I’m most impressed that he played competitively into his 90s.

Daniel Says:

If djoko keeps the lead and close second set he qualifies first. No chance for Monfils to qualify and Raonic and Thiem will play for second spot. Even of Djoko loses to Monfils in dorect confront he is on top of either Raonic or Thiem.

Good day for him today

J-Kath Says:

Well having paid to see it, I couldn’t access – sad to have missed what seems to have bene an exciting match with Nole through – to the understandable relief of his fans.

Danica Says:

Nole is through! Thank you Nole for obviously a valiant fight! I could just follow the live score but it seems it was heck of a battle.

Still surprised and confused with Milos’ injury, talk of only one match at the WTF only to go toe to toe with Nole (or was it vice versa?).

Van Persie Says:

Great win for Novak.;)
No signs of injury from Milos or I could not notice one.

Wog Boy Says:

Lucky for Nole that Milos was injured..;)

Ее Милоше Милоше, смрдљивко један.

I wish Thiem wins and gives Milos more time for injury to know torn muscles and so on..

Wog Boy Says:

Was Nole serving for the match and got broken, couldn watch it?
It happens too often for my liking, but win is win.

Danica Says:

Torn muscle, even stretched muscle, means long term rest and healing, no practice, nothing. And yet, flying all over the court. He could have said he had a food poisoning or something :).

Go Thiem!

BBB Says:

Hi everyone! I’ve been out of it with a new job where I can’t post at work. But I wanted to say congrats to the Andy fans on the #1 ranking.

Van Persie Says:

A shame that Andy-Kei match is a day match and will not be able to watch it. Should be a very good one.

Van Persie Says:

Predict Andy and Marin as todays winners.

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