Scotland’s Andy Murray reached world No.1 men’s singles ranking by progressing to the final at Paris Masters.
Reacting to the player replacing him at the top of ATP rankings, Novak Djokovic said Murray deserves to be leading the rankings and showered praise for his level of consistency in the past year.
“He’s definitely a player who deserves that,” Djokovic said.
“Undoubtedly, much respect for what he has done. We have known each other since very, very early days. We were, I think, 11 years old when we first played against each other. And to see how he has raised his level in the last 12 months is quite extraordinary,’ he added.
“It feels a little bit strange how it’s happened today and obviously unfortunate that Milos is injured,” Murray said. “To get to this stage is about 12 months of tournaments. The last few months have been the best of my career and I’m very proud to get to this moment.”
“We have a new 👑 in town. Congrats Sir @andy_murray,” Roger Federer said in his congratulatory tweet for Murray’s achievement.
We have a new 👑 in town. Congrats Sir @andy_murray
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 5, 2016
Dubbed to be the greatest sportsperson Great Britain has produced in the past decade, Murray still struggles for a huge fan following having to accept the unfortunate reality of being in the same era of the big 3 – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The No.1 ranking might soon be under threat, yet, he reached there when it almost seemed impossible by improving his game to play his best tennis in the recent months. This lad has certainly come a long way like his mother Judy Murray said in a tweet.
You’ve come a long way baby 1️⃣❤️ pic.twitter.com/VEIVl6NsxA
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) November 5, 2016