World number one Sir Andy Murray has ended the year 2016 in a grand style after been knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list and defeating Milos Raonic at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
The 29-year-old, knighted in the New Year Honours list, beat Canada’s Raonic 6-3 7-6 (8-6) to take third place at the exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.
The Briton started well, breaking Raonic in his first two service games as he took the opening set.
He led 5-3 in the second but Raonic staged a mini fightback before Murray took the tie-break.
The Scot said: “It was good to finish the year with a win. It was a good match to work on returns as Milos has a strong serve.
“I still feel like Andy Murray – that feels more normal – but I am happy with the knighthood and it is a nice way to start the new year.”
In Friday’s semi-finals, Murray lost to Belgium’s David Goffin for the first time in six meetings.
Becoming a Sir caps a landmark 12 months for Wimbledon and Olympic champion Andy Murray, 29.
February 2016: Has first child as wife Kim gives birth to daughter Sophia
June 2016: Becomes Wimbledon champion for the second time
August 2016: Defends Olympic singles title in Rio
November 2016: Replaces Novak Djokovic as world number one
December 2016: Wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year for record third time; knighted in New Year Honours List
Scot Murray, previously honoured with an OBE in 2012, had said he was “too young” for a knighthood.