A few months ago, having another player rather than Novak Djokovic on the ATP summit was nothing more than a wild dream with no rational reason on which to base it. But, once in a while, even the wildest fantasy comes to life. Yesterday, the O2 Arena in London hosted the ultimate encounter of the season with Andy Murray facing Novak Djokovic in a decisive clash with the world no.1 spot at stake.

While Djokovic was the defending champion and the winner of 5 titles in London, Andy Murray stepped upon this particular stage for the first time. Moreover, the Serb seemed to have the upper hand as he crushed Nishikori in the semis, while Murray survived an epic battle against Raonic.

Murray contained the pressure while Djokovic struggled

The opening set unfolded as expected with both players claiming their service game. In the middle of it, Murray pushed harder on Djokovic`s serve and took the break. Djokovic made a couple of unexpected errors while at the net allowing Murray to take the lead. It was the incentive the Briton needed the most. On their previous meetings, each time Murray lost the opening set, he was unable to bounce back. So, the first act was crucial. Eventually, Djokovic melted and the Scot took the set by 6-3.

Having Djokovic a bit out of phase, the second set was quickly seized by Murray. At some point, he was leading by 4-1. It was the moment when the proximity of a blistering win came along thus making Murray rush during points.

Djokovic bounced back, but Murray kept his nerve and capped the match on the 3rd championship point.

The stars were perfectly aligned

Following his defeat at the US Open in September, Murray headed to the Asian indoor swing. As good results piled up on his side, Djokovic`s struggle was obvious. His harvest of ranking points dropped and on Murray`s side things kept growing.

Prior to London, he won the ATP Tour events in Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna, and Paris. With Djokovic failing to defend his titles in Shanghai and Paris, Murray closed the gap and eventually sealed the world no.1 spot in London.

The season is done, and it raises questions about Murray`s ability to dig for more.

He is a great player but his success is limited to only three Grand Slam events and those awards weight most.

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