Mur­ray seals No. 1 spot

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

PARIS (AP): AFTER SUCH a long wait, reach­ing the sum­mit of men’s ten­nis was an an­ti­cli­max for Andy Mur­ray.

With­out play­ing a point, the Scot ended a seven-year wait to se­cure the world No. 1 spot when he ad­vanced to the Paris Mas­ters fi­nal after Mi­los Raonic with­drew from their semi-fi­nal yes­ter­day.

Raonic found out in an ex­am­i­na­tion yes­ter­day that he tore his right quadri­cep in the quar­ter fi­nals.

“The way that it hap­pened to­day was quite strange,” Mur­ray said. “I had al­ways imag­ined, ob­vi­ously, do­ing it on the court. Like last night, be­fore I went to bed, I was imag­in­ing do­ing it, kind of think­ing about it hap­pen­ing on the court after a match.”

Mur­ray will sup­plant No­vak Djokovic and rise to No. 1 of­fi­cially when the ATP rank­ings are up­dated to­mor­row. He is guar­an­teed to hold, at least, a five-point lead over Djokovic, more than seven years after he reached No. 2 for the first time. LOT­TERY TICKET (left), with Omar Walker aboard, clip­ping LU­NAR ROCKET (Dane Dawkins) to win the Mir­a­cle Cure Sprint over 1100 me­tres at Cay­manas Park yes­ter­day.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Andy Mur­ray

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