Andy Murray new world No 1

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here -

AFTER all the bat­tles and hard graft chas­ing the world num­ber one spot, Bri­ton Andy Murray ar­rived there with­out hit­ting a ball on Satur­day as Mi­los Raonic pulled out of their Paris Mas­ters semi-fi­nal due to a leg in­jury.

The triple grand slam win­ner, who will take over from Serb No­vak Djokovic at the top when the rank­ings are up­dated on Mon­day, still went out on cen­tre court for a prac­tice ses­sion in front of a be­mused crowd.

“I never thought I’d be No 1 in the world and never, never imag­ined that was some­thing that was go­ing to hap­pen,” Murray told a news con­fer­ence.

Fourth seeded Cana­dian Raonic ex­plained his in­jury.

“Yes­ter­day at I be­lieve 4-2 in the first set I started feel­ing some pain in my leg,” he said, re­fer­ring to his match against French­man Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga.

“I didn’t think too much of it at that point. I had an MRI half an hour ago...they found that I have a grade one tear in the right quadri­ceps.”

Raonic is now doubt­ful for the sea­so­nend­ing ATP World Tour Fi­nals to be held in Lon­don from Novem­ber 13-20.

“I still have the pos­si­bil­ity of mak­ing it but I was told five to 10 days so I’m on the bor­der­line,” he said.

Murray is the first Bri­ton to get to num­ber one and, at 29 years and 174 days, he will be the old­est player to reach the sum­mit for the first time since Aus­tralian John New­combe in 1974.

Djokovic, num­ber one for 122 weeks since July 2014, was knocked out in the quar­ter­fi­nals by ninth seed Marin Cilic on Fri­day.

Croat Cilic lost 6-4 6-3 to Amer­i­can John Is­ner in the semi­fi­nals on Satur­day.

Is­ner broke in the ninth game of the first set and served three aces in a row as he saved a break point in the sec­ond to down Cilic, who ap­peared to lack fo­cus a day after elim­i­nat­ing Djokovic. Is­ner be­came the player to serve the most aces this year — 1 133 — as he claimed his first vic­tory over Cilic in seven matches.

“I took the court to­day with a lot of con­fi­dence. It’s the first time all year com­ing into a match I’d won four matches in a row,” Is­ner told a news con­fer­ence.

“So I knew I was play­ing well. I knew I was play­ing the right way, and re­ally, from the get-go, I was serv­ing ex­tremely well. That took a lot of pres­sure off me.

“I was just tak­ing my cuts from the back of the court. Re­turn­ing pretty well, re­turn­ing ag­gres­sively. I cer­tainly put it all to­gether to­day. It was the best match I have played all year.” — Su­perS­port

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