Published: Sun, November 13, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Andy Murray has achieved 'ridiculous' things in tennis, claims brother Jamie

Andy Murray has achieved 'ridiculous' things in tennis, claims brother Jamie

The 2016 ATP World Tour Finals event takes place from 13-20 November with the top eight players battling it out for the end of season bragging rights at the O2 Arena in London.

"I have only words of praise for what he [Murray] has achieved in the previous year or so", added Djokovic.

The year-end world number one ranking will be on the line as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic head to London for the ATP World Tour Finals.

"Especially because I thought I had a good couple of months". "It didn't feel much different when I woke up on Monday morning", he said.

But Murray still expects Djokovic to push hard to return to number one because the Serb has been unbeatable at the Tour Finals over the last four years.

A key driver behind his run of 45 wins and only three defeats since the start of the grass-court season was his reunion with coach Ivan Lendl. "But when we got here it was back to working on the things we are trying to improve".

"We spoke on the Saturday night in Paris on the phone", Murray said. The Briton has been pitted in the more hard of the two groups at tournament, but based on recent form he will make it to the final where he will meet the man he deposed from the No 1 position - Novak Djokovic.

"I like that, it's good". "I've never stayed at home during the tournament, I've always stayed at the hotel".

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray

Murray has already spent time at the top of the doubles rankings earlier this year, meaning that he and Andy are just the sixth pair of siblings to both reach No 1.

"The qualities he possesses as a player, his determination to the sport, there's a good chance that he can still play in this level for some time". There were shock early exits at Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics, before a US Open final defeat to Stan Wawrinka in NY - where he had looked out of sorts the whole fortnight, and greatly benefited from three walkovers.

Murray, who revealed his preparations would not include a trip to Wembley for Scotland's World Cup qualifier against England, said: "The first few years here I played well".

'I guess the people that go there see Premier League every week and worldwide football's not like that. The court is definitely a bit faster this year, so that changes the way you play the matches a little bit, but I think that's a positive thing. He s a really nice guy off the court.

Unfortunately, Cilic finished bottom of his group by getting thrashed by Djokovic 6-1, 6-1, Wawrinka in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and Tomas Berdych in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.

US Open champion Stan Wawrinka added: "For sure Andy can sustain it". Maybe it hasn't been up to the standard of results that I'd had in the 12 to 15 months before that, but that's sport.

"I think every player tires at the end of the year but if you look at the last few tournaments - winning Paris, winning Vienna, Shanghai, Beijing - he's ready, he's in top form, a lot of confidence to take to this tournament here so he will be tough to beat".

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