Saturday, November 19, 2016

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares to end 2016 with men's doubles world No.1 ranking

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares will end the year as the top
ranked doubles team despite not hitting a ball yesterday.

The Scot and the Brazilian overtook the previous No.1 pairing
Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert by winning all
three group matches at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
this week.

And the French pair's third defeat of the week – they went
down 6-7 6-4 10-4 to Henri Kontinen and Murray's former
partner John Peers today – means they cannot re-take the
top spot.

"It's very exciting," Murray told BBC Two. "It's a strange
way to do it in the end but we've had a great year and won
some big tournaments."

Herbert and Mahut, who failed to reach the semi-finals, trail
Murray and Soares by 25 points.

Soares can also claim the individual doubles No.1 ranking
from Mahut by winning the title here on Sunday.

Andy Murray will retain his No.1 singles ranking if he equals
or betters Novak Djokovic's performance this week.

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