Andy is the first British Single Player to top the world Rankings. The British number one will be officially confirmed as the world number one tennis player, on Monday.
Reporter: Shingirai Mupfupi | Sub-Editor: Micaela Kolischer
Murray, 29, is the first British singles player to reach top of the world rankings since the current system was introduced in 1973.
He needed to reach the final of the Paris Masters to replace Novak Djokovic, 29, and did so when Milos Raonic pulled out before their semi-final. He did not need to hit any single ball.
The Scotsman won Wimbledon and Olympic gold in Rio this year and he reached 11 finals in 12 events and won a personal record of 73 matches.
As soon as he learnt about the news that his opponent had withdrawn because of injury, Andy told reporters: “It feels a little bit strange how it’s happened today and obviously unfortunate that Milos is injured.”
Although he was in a state of shock and it was hard for him to believe that he had reached the top, he continued, “To get to this stage is about 12 months of tournaments. The last few months have been the best of my career and I’m very proud to get to this moment.”
Earlier, Novak Djokovic said: “If Andy Murray reaches World No. 1, he will have earned it, the way he has raised his game in the past 12 months is “quite extraordinary”.
The social media is flooded with the words of congratulations and appreciation. Among them is the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) November 5, 2016