Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are heading towards a Sunday showdown on the ATP World Tour Finals to decide their year-long battle for tennis supremacy.
The two tennis superstars have matched each other so far at the 2016 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Murray already recorded his second group win on Wednesday by defeating Kei Nishikori in a three-hour battle. While Djokovic already won his group after dispatching Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem, even before his match with David Goffin.
Djokovic was recently usurped as world number 1 by Murray after spending 122 weeks at the tennis summit. With the two 29-year-olds careering a showdown, expectations are going to be through the roof and the TV executives will be positively praying for it.
“I mean, I think for the tournament, for everyone interested in tennis, that would probably be the perfect way to finish the year,” Murray told the reporters via the Independent. “For me and I’m sure for Novak, both of our goals would be to try to win the event.”
“For him, whether that’s by beating me, someone else, or for me if it’s winning against Novak or another player, it doesn’t change for us as players,” Murray, who had an incredible 21-winning streak which propelled him to the top of the rankings, continued. “But (to play against each other in the final) would be the most exciting way to finish the year.”
Should Djokovic and Murray meet on Sunday, it would be their first match since Djokovic’s French Open triumph in June, according to Sky Sports.
Murray’s next match will be against Stan Wawrinka on Friday followed by a likely semi-final with Canadian Milos Raonic. Djokovic, on the other hand, is already qualified for the semi-finals by beating Milos Raonic.
“It could come down to a match between me and Novak,”Murray said to reporters. “Just from my side, I’m concentrating on trying to win my own matches. Make it as tough as possible for Novak to jump me.”
Murray now has 11,585 points due to Wednesday’s win while Djokovic has 11,180 but with 275 Davis Cup points to come off the Briton’s total there is still everything to play for.
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