Obviously I'm happy that I managed to get the win today and to finish the year number one is very special.
ANDY Murray said last night that he plans to stay at the top of the world rankings as long as possible after confirming his status as the Christmas No 1 of world tennis with his maiden ATP World Tour Finals title.
The Scot ended the season as the world number one after he defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the ATP Tour Finals in London.
Murray made a mockery of a gruelling three-hour semi-final clash with Milos Raonic on Saturday to dispatch 12-time grand slam victor Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 - the Scot's 24th consecutive victory. I don't expect that, playing someone with a serve like Milos.
Murray brushed aside Wawrinka in 86 minutes at London's O2 Arena to ensure he finished top of his group and avoided a last four clash with Djokovic.
"The longer the match went on, the louder the crowd got". I think I've probably played better matches.
In the first set Murray was uncharacteristically error-prone and at 6-5 behind he conceded three set points.
The pair are now likely to battle for the No 1 spot in the opening months of the new campaign, but Djokovic insisted he was not yet planning for 2017 - and said Murray should not have to either. "I've played so much tennis the last few months".
"Andy is definitely number one in the world", said Djokovic.
After beating Murray to win his first French Open title in June, the Serb suffered a slump in form, but he feels his best is not far away now. "It's going to be tough, obviously, but I'll give my best shot".
"Nothing is eternal. It's time to leave the racquet aside for a little bit, just recover, then I'll start thinking about next season".
"Me and Novak are lucky to have two great champions in our boxes, but to have other great champions like Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg here today is special".
Nishikori's serve was broken six times, with Djokovic making just 12 unforced errors compared to 24 by the Japanese player.
It looked like Murray was heading out of the tournament when Raonic opened up a 2-0 advantage in the second set, but he broke back to love before going on to level the match 7-5 in the tiebreak. Murray eventually took his third-match point in an epic, third-set tiebreaker.
"In the second set I'd already qualified for the semis so maybe it was easier for me to play more free than him".
"But the majors get me working hard - they really, really motivate me".