Andy Murray will become the World No.1 tennis player on Monday when the new ATP Men’s ranking is released.
Murray really did not have to beat anyone for that position as his opponent at the semi-final of the Paris Masters, Milos Raonic, withdrew from their semi-final encounter through injury.
Novak Djokovic needed to lose before the semi-final and Murray had to make it all the way to the final to replace Djokovic as the world’s best player and that is what the Briton has now done.
At 29, Murray becomes the second oldest player to attain the No.1 spot after the ATP introduced the computer rankings.
And Djokovic, after he lost to Marin Cilic on Friday said Murray would thoroughly deserve the accolade.
“Undoubtedly much respect for what he has done. All I can say is that he’s deservedly in the position he’s in at the moment.”
Djokovic was the top dog on the circuit for 122 consecutive weeks, while Murray has been in the No. 2 spot for 76 weeks.
Djokovic’s deposition was confirmed when Raonic revealed at a press conference on Saturday afternoon that he had suffered a quad tear, which was diagnosed on Saturday morning after a series of tests.
“Yesterday during the first set I started feeling some pain in my leg. This morning I had trouble waking up and getting out of bed.”
Murray will now face John Isner in the final on Sunday to start out his reign as the best men’s tennis player in the world.
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