By Jake Davies
- Sir Andy Murray defeats Milos Raonic 6-3 7-6 (8)
- Murray wins 3rd place in the Abu Dhabi exhibition
- Murray aiming to win first ever Australian Open next month
ABU DHABI, UAE – Andy Murray capped off 2016 with the overnight news that he will receive a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours and by beating Milos Raonic into third place at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.
With the news overnight that Andy Murray had received a knighthood, the World No.1 ended his magnificent 2016 season with an impressive win over Canada’s Milos Raonic in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Despite it only being an exhibition, Murray will recognise the importance of getting back to winning ways following a surprising loss to David Goffin in the semi-final the day before.
Murray started the match perfectly. He won a comfortable first set having earned breaks of the first two Raonic service games. The second set was certainly a bit more tricky as Murray had to fend off a rejuvenated Raonic from 5-3 up in the second set. The Brit eventually weathered the storm and took the match in the second set tiebreak and ended the challenge of the ever-improving Raonic.
Now Murray will firmly set his sights on winning the Australian Open for the first time in his career. It is an event that he has performed greatly at over the years but has never quite got his hands on the trophy on the final Sunday. The 29-year-old has been runner up on five occasions in Melbourne, but will feel he is in the best form of his career and may have to capitalise on that form heading into the first major of 2017.
Murray will next play in Doha, where Novak Djokovic will be on the other side of the draw looking to improve on his 2016 season. The Serb is the defending champion next week in Doha. In 2016, he beat Rafael Nadal in the final losing just three games to the Spaniard.
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