Bri­tain’s golden boy is on top of the world

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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.

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