Britain’s golden boy is on top of the world
Andy Murray will hold the coveted No. 1 spot for the first time when the ATP rankings are published tomorrow, after advancing to the Paris Masters final without playing a single point. Murray benefited from Milos Raonic’s withdrawal from the tournament – just one hour before the bigserving Canadian was scheduled to take on the 29-year-old Briton in the semi-finals yesterday. Raonic said he withdrew because of a right leg injury. Murray only needed to make the final in Paris to take top spot off Novak Djokovic. Murray will hold a five- point lead over Djokovic, who lost in the quarter-finals in Paris on Friday. Serbian Djokovic is dethroned after 122 consecutive weeks at the top of the rankings. Murray, who faces American John Isner in today’s final (6pm UAE), will become the first British player to hold the top spot in the ATP rankings since it came in 43 years ago. Murray has been in near-flawless form since June, winning Wimbledon, the Olympic gold and four other titles, while losing just three matches. Today’s Paribas Masters final in Paris is Murray’s 12th of the season.