Not many would’ve seen this coming: Andy Murray has dethroned Serbia’s Novak Djokovic from the top of the ATP men’s singles rankings and becomes the first British player to be world No.1 since computerized rankings were introduced in 1973.
“I never thought I’d be number one in the world,” the 29-year-old from Scotland-born told BBC Sport.
Murray reached the pinnacle of world tennis as Milos Raonic withdrew from the Paris Masters semifinal with a right leg injury. He is up against John Isner in the final and regardless of the outcome he will start next Monday at the top of the rankings making him the second-oldest to reach the No.1 spot for the first time.
“To get to No. 1 isn’t about today, but it’s about 12 months of tournaments to get to this stage,” said Murray. “The last few months have been the best of my career and I am very proud to have reached No. 1. It has been a goal of mine for the past few years.”
“It’s been many years of work to get here. It’s been such a difficult thing to do because of how good the guys around me have been.”
“The year I’ve had to have to barely get there has been unbelievably difficult. I’ve had to work extremely hard.”
Novak Djokovic lost his quarterfinal against Marin Cilic and he could’ve regained the No.1 ranking had he progressed to the final.
“Andy has shown incredible dedication, determination and hard work in his bid to get to No.1. It’s difficult to think of a player more deserving of this accolade, what is more in one of the toughest eras in the history of our sport. He has had a phenomenal season and fully deserves this latest recognition, which confirms his status as the best player in the world,” ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode said.
Murray reached three out of the four Grand Slam finals this year winning the Wimbledon for the second time in his career. Incidentally, the opponent in the final was Raonic. He came second best to Djokovic in the Australian Open and French Open main events. He also reached 10 out of 11 finals barring US Open since Monte Carlo masters.
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