It was a historic season for Andy Murray which was recent capped off with a third BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. From starting the season off as the second best player in the world and unable to get past Novak Djokovic – losing twice in Grand Slam finals, first at the Australian Open and then at the French Open.
But if there had to be example laid down for the best second half of the season, it would be Murray’s turning point as the grass season started. First he went on to win the Queen’s title which was followed by his second Wimbledon title.
The 29-year-old backed the victory at home with a tremendous run at the Olympics as he defended his gold medal by going all the way at the Rio Olympics. However, there was still a lot of tennis to be played and Djokovic still held an ample lead in terms of ranking point after the US Open.
But Murray did not care how many ranking points he had to earn, the Scot was a man on a mission in the closing stages of the season. First he went on to win the China Open in the absence of Djokovic which was followed by a victory as the Shanghai Masters.
The chances of Murray dethroning the Serbian by the end of the year still looked very slim but the Scot goes on to win the Vienna Open and needed a bit of luck in Paris to finally get past his biggest arch rival. And as they luck favors the brave, with Murray’s consistent efforts to back him up, he got the luck he needed as Djokovic lost in the quarterfinals.
Murray went on to win the tournament and achieve what he had always dreamed off and that is be crowned the no 1 player in the world. But Murray’s story was not done as he had the ATP Finals to look forward to if he wanted to maintain a steady hold on his newfound position.
The stage was set, for the first time the No 1 ranking was to be decided between two players playing in the final of the last tournament of the year. And as luck and momentum was on the Scot’s side, Murray did not look wavered at all against a player he had lost so many time before.