Murray beats Wawrinka, advances to semifinals at ATP finalsBy Kelly Sanders Nov 19, 2016
Canada's Milos Raonic qualified for the semifinals of the ATP Finals with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Dominic Thiem on Thursday.
It may not be essential, but Murray has plenty of incentives to win his final group match - not least the knowledge that doing so would mean he could not face Novak Djokovic until the final, setting up a straight shoot-out for world number one. Just from my side I'm concentrating on trying to win my own matches.
All four secured their passage to the semi-finals throughout the week, with Murray and Djokovic winning all their matches.
Asked if he would be surprised to regain the top ranking so soon after losing it, Djokovic said: "Well, I have not the same perception of "surprise" as you do".
Murray has won all six of his meetings with Raonic this year, including a straight-sets victory in the Wimbledon final. With that set he guaranteed his qualification but by then the bit was firmly between his teeth.
Wawrinka whether Murray will ensure first place in the group?
He said: 'It's going to be really awesome playing at home in Zagreb. I'm happy to play here in front of his home crowd.
"I had, I think, only one set point", Djokovic said of the tie-breaker.
"I guess you play more matches", said Djokovic, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
"It's the last couple of matches of the year hopefully".
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'I felt I played quite well during the week.
Murray must beat Stan Wawrinka in tomorrow's final round-robin match to keep pace with Djokovic and set up the possibility of a London final between the top two to decide the year-end No. 1 ranking.
Djokovic said: "I accept and I know that I'm one of the players that takes the most time".
The Scot beat Wawrinka, Nishikori and Marin Cilic to get this far and knows he must match or better Djokovic's result at this event to remain in that all important top ranking spot.
The warning came off the back of a long point and Murphy seemed to acknowledge it was the first time Djokovic went past the 25-second mark.
Cilic was very wasteful on Stan's second serve and you'd imagine that Murray would be much more clinical, but he seems weighed down with a combination of fatigue and the pressure of playing here at a venue he's never played his best tennis at.
124 - aces fired down by Murray during his unbeaten sequence.
Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been the two highest-profile players to intermittently exceed the limit - recently there have been calls for a shot clock, similar to basketball - but the 12-time grand slam victor felt he was hard done by on this occasion. He ended up winning 83 percent of the points on his first serve, even with four double-faults in the first set. "When he plays his best tennis, he's unplayable".
Both Andy and Jamie are through to the semi-finals of the Tour Finals in the singles and doubles respectively.
Hello. Having won his opening two matches in this tournament for the first time, you could be forgiven for thinking that Andy Murray has already won this group and made it through to the semi-finals.
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