Newly-crowned world No1 Andy Murray has demanded one final show-stopping performance from himself this year after celebrating his accession to the rankings summit by beating John Isner in the final of the Paris Masters.
Already assured of reaching No1 in the world for the first time in his career, Murray won his seventh ATP title of 2016 by overcoming John Isner of the United States 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4.
The 29-year-old’s fresh status as the world’s best will be put to the test at next week’s World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London, although he remains calm over the potential for his stay at the top of the rankings to be short-lived.
“I’m not so much thinking about finishing the year as world No1,” said Murray, who will enter the season-ending contest 405 points clear of dethroned rival Novak Djokovic.
“I wanted to try and get there if possible, but I want to just play well at the O2. I feel like some of the years there I’ve not played my best tennis, maybe not done myself justice, so I want to go and play good tennis.
“It doesn’t guarantee winning against the best players in the world, but I don’t want to finish the year on a bad note.”
Reigning Olympic champion Murray, who also won Wimbledon this year, will today be officially confirmed as Britain’s first singles No1 since computerised rankings were introduced in 1973.