Mur­ray rise to num­ber one with Paris ti­tle

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PARIS: Andy Mur­ray cel­e­brated his new world num­ber one rank­ing with a first Paris Mas­ters ti­tle yes­ter­day af­ter de­feat­ing Amer­i­can John Is­ner 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 in the fi­nal.

Mur­ray, 29, re­places No­vak Djokovic at the top of the rank­ings to­day and claimed his eighth ti­tle of a re­mark­able sea­son af­ter ex­tend­ing his win­ning run to 19 matches. “This has been an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney for me to get to the top of the rank­ings,” said Mur­ray, who will move 405 points above long-time ri­val Djokovic.

It is the Bri­ton’s fourth ti­tle in suc­ces­sion af­ter wins in Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Vi­enna and his 14th ca­reer Mas­ters 1000 tri­umph. For Is­ner, who was chas­ing a first ti­tle of the sea­son, it was his third ap­pear­ance in a Mas­ters fi­nal af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up at In­dian Wells in 2012 and Cincin­nati in 2013. “I have to con­grat­u­late Andy, first for the ti­tle, and then for get­ting to num­ber one in the world,” said Is­ner. “That’s an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment, you ab­so­lutely de­serve it.” Mur­ray en­tered his Tour-lead­ing 12th fi­nal of the year hav­ing won all seven pre­vi­ous meet­ings with Is­ner, in­clud­ing straight-sets wins at Roland Gar­ros in May and last week in Vi­enna.

The tow­er­ing Amer­i­can had dropped serve just three times en route to the fi­nal but net­ted a rou­tine vol­ley to hand Mur­ray break point in the fifth game. His back­hand then sailed long the fol­low­ing rally as Mur­ray forged ahead, sav­ing two break points on his en­su­ing ser­vice game be­fore claim­ing the open­ing set.

Mur­ray fought off four break points af­ter re­bound­ing from 0-40 at 3-4 in the sec­ond set, but Is­ner pre­vailed in the tie-break af­ter a costly dou­ble fault from the sec­ond seed.

The Scot was then frus­trated as he twice failed to con­vert break points dur­ing Is­ner’s first two ser­vice games in the de­cid­ing set. But Mur­ray held firm and was re­warded when Is­ner fal­tered as he tried to stay in the match serv­ing at 4-5 down.

—AP

PARIS: Bri­tain’s Andy Mur­ray holds the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the fi­nal of the Paris Mas­ters ten­nis tour­na­ment against John Is­ner of the United States in three sets 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 at the Bercy Arena in Paris, yes­ter­day.

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