Murray dislodges Djokovic as world number one

Andy Murray claimed the top spot in men's ranking after reaching the final of Paris Masters.
Andy Murray claimed the top spot in men's ranking after reaching the final of Paris Masters. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Andy Murray to become the new world number one following the withdrawal of Milos Raonic from their Paris Masters semifinal on Saturday because of injury.

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The 29-year-old Murray will dislodge Novak Djokovic from the top of the rankings for the first time in his career.

The Scot's climb to the ATP rankings' summit caps a remarkable year which has seen him win a second Wimbledon crown and mount a successful defence of his Olympic title in Rio.

Raonic said he had suffered a muscle tear in his right leg in his previous match, sending Murray through to face John Isner in Sunday's final.

“This morning I had trouble waking up and getting out of bed,” said Raonic, who hurt himself in Friday's quarter-final win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

“I had some tests and an MRI half an hour ago and they found that I have a tear, Grade 1 tear in the right quad.

“Unfortunately, I'm not able to compete against Andy today in the second semi-final.”

Murray had needed to reach the final to supplant Djokovic at the top following the Serb's defeat to Marin Cilic in the last eight.

Murray will be confirmed as the new number one -- the 26th different player in history to hold top spot -- when the latest ATP rankings are released on Monday.

He is the oldest first-time number one since 30-year-old John Newcombe of Australia in June 1974.

In 2013, Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years.

Murray’s ascension to the top resulted in a flurry of congratulatory messages from politicians and sportspersons. Among those to congratulate the men’s new world no 1 was Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, former world no one Andy Roddick and Petra Kvitova.

Murray will meet Isner in the final as he targets a maiden Paris Masters title after the  American beat Cilic 6-4, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

- With AFP

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