ANDY MURRAY FINISHES 2016 RANKED NO. 1
This Week In Tennis
Q. You mentioned the other day you can only beat the players you're drawn against. Does it give you particular satisfaction to have clinched the year-end world No. 1 position having beaten the guy who has been the most successful player in the game over the last five years?
ANDY MURRAY: I don't know if 'satisfaction' is the right word. I mean, you know, it was obviously a big, big match against someone who I've played so many big matches against in my career. That would be my main rival really throughout my career.
We played in all of the slam finals, Olympics, obviously here now, and a match to finish the year No. 1. We played in loads of Masters Series finals, as well, and are one week apart in age.
It was obviously a big match, a very important win for me. It was just a huge match to finish the year, to try and obviously finish No. 1. Obviously this is a major event, as well, and one I've not done well in in the past. So it's been a great week.
Q. Andy hasn't had to go through Novak really. Is that sort of the thing that's missing for you in his chase for No. 1? He's won a lot of these tournaments, but he hasn't played Novak.
MILOS RAONIC: Nothing's missing in that storyline. Tennis ranking is a game of checks and balances. Who's going to finish No. 1 is who does the best that year. Doesn't matter whether they played or not.
Yes, you could take that away from Andy in a way. Then you could also say it's sort of Novak's responsibility to get to that point because Andy was there every single week.
Regardless or not if they play tomorrow, if not obviously Andy's still the best player in the world of 2016. There's no question about it.
Q. John, I guess you don't have any regrets about splitting with Jamie now?
JOHN PEERS: No, we ended up on very good terms, parted ways, gave each other a good opportunity to move on and build a good base for the following year. We've both had a good year in our separate partnerships.
I have been thankful with Henri, we've stuck together and worked really hard all year. And the benefits are starting to pay off at the back end of this year.
Q. I know you take nothing for granted in this sport, but were you at least slightly surprised at Andy's resilience after the tough week he had?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Not too much. I expected him to play on a high level. As I said yesterday after my semifinals, I didn't expect him to be too tired.
But I just played very poorly, made a lot of unforced errors from the backhand side. It just wasn't my day. On the other hand, credit to Andy for being mentally tough and playing the right shots, making me play extra shots in every rally. He definitely deserved to win.
Q. We've talked about the No. 1 ranking. Having got that yesterday, now the year is over, can you actually start to look back on it historically, highlights, the things that you really did well?
JAMIE MURRAY: Well, yeah, I mean, winning, obviously the tournaments we won were highlights for us. To win in Australia and the US Open were huge achievements. We both came into the partnership not having won a Grand Slam, both being in finals before. And to get two in the first year is a great achievement.
I think, yeah, we can be really proud of our efforts this year. It's not easy to make a partnership work, I think. We did a great job. I think we got on great the whole time. We worked hard for each other, tried to improve ourselves and as a team.
I think we got lots to look forward to next year.
Q. I think you said 'big heart' to your team as you finished. You must have been proud of the way you handled the mental seesawing of the match.
ANDY MURRAY: Well, I fought really hard today, yeah. I fought hard. I fought very hard this week. I have also the last few months, too.
It would have been easy today when I was behind to have gone away a little bit, but I didn't. I fought hard. Even after serving for the match twice, having a bunch of match points in the tiebreak, still stayed tough, chased balls down, fought as best as I could. It was enough to get me the win.
Yeah, I was happy with that.
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