2016 was one of the greatest ever seasons in the professional career of Andy Murray when he became just the 2nd player in the history of tennis and the first man to win singles titles at a Grand Slam, the Olympics, a Masters 1000 event, and the ATP Finals in the same calendar year. 2016 was also the only year when Murray finished the year as the World No. 1.
Murray had a season record of 78-9 and won 9 titles that season from 13 finals he played in that season. It included 3 ATP-500 titles, 3 ATP-1000 Masters titles, Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2016 Wimbledon and ended the year with his only ATP Finals title at the Year-End Championships so far.
Andy Murray in Grand Slams and Olympics in 2016
Murray started the season at the 2016 Australian Open where he was seeded 2nd and made his way to the finals where in the rematch of the 2015 Australian Open finals, he met defending champion and the top-seeded Novak Djokovic who won the finals in straight-sets making Murray the only player to lose 5 finals at the same Slam and not win the title ever.
Djokovic defied Murray once again in the finals of the 2016 French Open despite Murray having won the opening set in the finals. Reaching the finals made Murray the tenth man in the Open Era to reach the finals of all 4 Slams at least once. Murray had defeated defending champion Stan Wawrinka in the semis at the Slam but Novak defeated him again in their 3rd consecutive finals meeting.
Murray was miles ahead of everyone at the 2016 Wimbledon winning 6 of the 7 matches in straight-sets including the finals against Milos Raonic and went on to win his 2nd Wimbledon title and his 3rd career Grand Slam title. Murray also achieved the feat of reaching the finals of all 3 Slams of the year so far this was his 11th finals of the season.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Murray was the defending champion having won the Men’s Singles Gold at the 2012 London Olympics and went on to become the first ever tennis player to win two Olympics Singles Gold and also defend their Gold Medal. In Rio, Murray defeated Juan Martin Del Potro in 4-sets in the finals to script history.
Murray then proceeded to the US Open with having a chance to reach all 4 major finals in a calendar year but Kei Nishikori got the better of him in a thrilling 5-setter in the quarter-finals and avenging his semi-finals loss at the Olympics a few weeks ago.
Andy Murray on the ATP Tour
Murray won his first title of the season at the 2016 Rome Masters defeating Djokovic in the finals avenging his defeat to the Serbian a week ago at the Madrid Masters. Djokovic however won the next finals as he defeated Murray in the finals of the French Open. Murray then played at the Queen’s Club and went on to defeat Raonic in the finals and repeated the result 2 weeks later at Wimbledon.
Murray opted to not defend his title at the Canada Masters that year and played directly at the Cincinnati Masters where he lost in the finals against Marin Cilic. This was the last finals he lost that season as he then went on to win 5 consecutive titles and went on a winning streak of 24 matches during that phase.
Murray started the streak at the China Open winning against Grigor Dimitrov in the finals and then won the Shanghai Masters against Roberto Bautista Agut to pick up his 2nd Masters title of the year. Murray then travelled to Vienna winning his 3rd ATP-500 title of the season which was also his 3rd title of the month.
Murray then moved to Paris for the Bercy Masters where he had the chance to become World No. 1 for the first time in his career if he was able to win the title. With a chance to move to the summit of the rankings, Murray dropped just 2 sets on his way to his 3rd Masters title of the year and the title ensured that Murray would be ranked World No. 1 when the rankings updated.
Having qualified for the ATP Finals in London that year, Murray entered the tournament as the World No. 1 and justified his ranking as he won the tournament defeating World No. 7, World No. 5, World No. 3, World No. 4 and then World No. 2 Djokovic in the finals having dropped just 2 sets in the tournament.
First-time achievements of Andy Murray during the 2016 season
Sarthak Shitole is a tennis writer at FirstSportz having curated more than 2900 articles in two years. He's been following the sport for more than a decade and over the years, has developed a neutral perspective on the sport while having an unbiased liking to a lot of players for their playing style. His interest extends to other games as well with a fascination to know about the sports' history and statistics as well.
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