Andy Murray set his sights on adding to his three Grand Slam titles after securing the year-end number one ranking with victory at the ATP World Tour Finals. The Briton, 29, beat Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 in London to ensure he will stay ahead of the Serb heading into 2017. “Now that I’ve got there, I obviously would be motivated to try and stay in that position,” said Murray. “But the majors get me working hard – they really, really motivate me.” Murray, 29, won his third major title at Wimbledon in July, and ended the year on a 24-match winning streak that culminated with victory over Djokovic at the O2 Arena. He will now take a break, including attending his father Willie’s stag do, before turning his attention to the new season and the Australian Open.
Djokovic is a six-time champion in Melbourne and has beaten Murray in four of the five finals the Scot has lost there. “When I go away in December to train, I’m training with the Australian Open in mind,” said Murray. “Because of the best-of-five-set matches, they’re the ones you have to really put in the extra work for and the extra training for. That’s what motivates me.” With the year-end number one ranking on the line, and having a 24-10 losing record against Djokovic, Sunday’s victory at the O2 Arena was especially significant. “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,” said Murray. “We’ve played in all of the Slam finals, Olympics, obviously here now, and a match to finish the year number one. It was a very important win for me.”