Brazil’s Marcelo Melo (L) returns as his partner Croatia’s Ivan Dodig (R) looks on against Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazil’s Bruno Soares during their round robin stage men’s doubles match on day five of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on November 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK
Britain’s Jamie Murray and his Brazilian partner Bruno Soares on Friday learned they will end the year as the world’s top ranked doubles pair.
Murray and Soares went into the ATP Tour Finals trailing French duo Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert by 575 points.
But the Australian and US Open doubles champions overhauled them on Thursday with their third group stage win at the Tour Finals.
Herbert and Mahut were eliminated after losing their first two matches, but could still have prolonged the race by winning their final group match against Henri Kontinen and John Peers.
However, thy lost 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 10/4 on Friday, meaning Murray and Soares cannot be overtaken.
Murray will hope his success inspires his brother Andy, who can hold onto his singles number one ranking if he wins the Tour Finals for the first time.