Andy Murray was tipped to become 'Sir Andy' after crowning a golden season on top of the world days after brother Jamie topped the doubles standings, prompting their mother to hail the "kings of world tennis".
Andy produced an imperious display to defeat long-time rival Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 and win the ATP Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena on Sunday.
The 29-year-old's first Tour Finals title came with the bonus of ensuring that he remained above Djokovic in the year-end rankings after he knocked the Serb from pole position two weeks ago.
Leading British bookmaker William Hill promptly installed Murray as a 2/1 chance to be given a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in Britain's New Year honours list.
Were he to be so honoured, Murray would join Olympic champions Sir Bradley Wiggins (cycling) and Sir Ben Ainslie (sailing) as sportsmen with a knighthood.
But while Wiggins is winding down his illustrious career, Murray made it clear he wanted to retain his number one ranking and add to his tally of three Grand Slam singles titles.
MURRAY: 'I WANT TO TRY AND STAY AS NO.1'
"I would like to try and stay there, obviously. It's taken a huge effort the last five, six months to get there," Murray said after his 24th consecutive victory.
"I'm aware that's going to be extremely difficult because I had a great year this year and I only managed to do it by one match. But now that I've got there, I would be motivated to try and stay in that position."
He added: "The majors are what gets me working hard and what really, really motivates me. When I go away in December to train, I'm training with the Australian Open in mind.
PRAISE FROM FEDERER, ROWLING
Federer, widely regarded as one of tennis's all-time greats tweeted:
And the congratulations extended beyond the world of tennis, with J. K. Rowling, the author of the best-selling Harry Potter books, tweeting:
I'd almost forgotten what it's like when the person you really, really want to win, wins!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) >November 20, 2016
Meanwhile former British number one Tim Henman urged Britain's governing Lawn Tennis Association to exploit Andy Murray's success by doing all it could to get some of his compatriots into the top tier as well.
"It's imperative of the LTA and the game of tennis in this country that they capitalise on it," Henman told the BBC. "They have an unbelievable role model.
"It's been such a journey. He's overcome so many hurdles but this has to inspire the next generation to play the game and produce better players going forward."
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