Andy Murray has taken over the number spot in the ATP Rankings as the Scottish star became the first British singles player to reach it since 1973 when the computerized rankings began. According to British tennis legend Tim Henman, Murray could be at the top for 52 weeks.
“I don’t think Andy was ever going to settle for second best. Now he’s reached number one I don’t think for any moment in time he’s going to take his foot off the gas,” Henman told BBC Sport in an interview.
“If Andy stays fit and healthy, I can see him being the dominant force going forward. If you’re going to put a number on it, you’d like him to get to 52 weeks at the top. Who knows from there?” he added.
Andy Murray became the number one player in the world on Saturday when Milos Raonic pulled out of their Paris Masters semifinal match, per Yahoo! Sports. Raonic suffered a minor quadriceps tear in his quarterfinal match that worsened before his match with Murray.
The 29-year-old Scottish player ended Novak Djokovic’s 122-week reign as the number one player in the world. The Serbian superstar is going through his own personal struggles this season as he did not have the will to play tennis at a high level.
Murray has had a great season as he won his second Wimbledon title in June by beating Raonic in the final before winning his second consecutive Olympic Gold Medal in August. He also helped Great Britain win its first Davis Cup since 1936 last year.
The World No. 1 capped off his year by winning the Paris Masters title by defeating John Isner in the final, 6-3 6-7 6-4. He will be heading into the ATP World Tour Finals as the favorite.
“This has been an incredible journey for me to get to the top of the rankings I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thanks to them for all their hard work, they make a lot of sacrifices to allow me to compete and travel the world,” Murray said after winning the Paris Title and addressing being named No. 1, via IB Times.
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