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Murray eyes long reign at the top

LONDON (AFP) – Andy Murray has warned Novak Djokovic he is ready to embark on a sustained period of dominance after the Scot crowned a golden season by finishing on top of the world.

Murray produced an imperious display to defeat Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 and win the ATP Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday.

The 29-year-old’s first Tour Finals title came with the hugely significant bonus of ensuring that he remained above Djokovic in the year-end rankings after he knocked the Serb from pole position two weeks ago.

Having spent the majority of his career overshadowed by the incredible achievements of Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Murray can finally claim he is the best player on the planet and he has no intention of relinquishing his grip on that honour without a fight.

‘‘I would like to try and stay there, obviously. It’s taken a huge effort the last five, six months to get there,’’ Murray said after his 24th consecutive victory brought him a fifth title in his last five tournaments.

‘‘I’m aware that’s going to be extremely difficult because I had a great year this year and I only managed to do it by one match.

‘‘But now that I’ve got there, I would be motivated to try and stay in that position.’’

When he wakes up on Monday morning, even Murray might be tempted to ask himself if the last 11 months were all a dream.

As if winning a second Wimbledon title, taking a second Olympic gold medal and becoming a father for the first time wasn’t enough to keep him happy, Murray is now looking down on the rest of the tennis world from his new perch.

And, with Djokovic stuck in a rut for several months and Federer and Nadal battling with injuries in the twilight of their careers, Murray knows there’s a chance for him to add to his three Grand Slam titles and extend his lead at the top.

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