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Of Course Andy Murray Feels Very Proud But That’s Officially Because Of Milos Raonic

Andy Murray is living the dream. Not only is he at the top of his game, as of today, he’s the only British singles champion since 1973 – the year computerized rankings began – to ever be a world number one.

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Murray needed to reach the final of the Paris Masters in order to dethrone Novak Djokovic – and achieved that after Milos Raonic pulled out before his semi-final match against the Scot. Murray’s been on an impressive run in 2016, winning the Olympic gold – for the second time – and reaching 11 finals in 12 events.

The Scot won 73 matches, which eventually brought him within sniffing distance of Djokovic, who’s had a poor run of form recently. “I never thought I’d be number one in the world,” Murray said. “It’s been many years of work to get here. It’s been such a difficult thing to do because of how good the guys around me have been.”

Murray, who’s won three career Grand Slam titles, two Olympic golds and led Britain to a 2015 Davis Cup win, was confirmed as world number one with the release of the revised rankings earlier today. For Djokovic, who won his 12th major title by defeating Murray in the French Open in June, this means an end to his 122-week run at the top of the rankings table.

A winner of this year’s Australian Open as well, Djokovic has had an impressive year but has been on a sort of a slump these last few weeks – a fact which Murray alluded to when praising his colleague. “The year that Novak has had, barring the last six weeks or so, has been incredible,” Murray said of his adversary. “The year I’ve had to have to barely get there has been unbelievably difficult. I’ve had to work extremely hard.”

Murray will face John Isner in the Paris Masters final after Raonic suffered an injury on his right quadriceps, prompting him to pull out of the tournament. Djokovic would have remained world number one had he reached the final. Unfortunately for the Serb, Cilic was a more than a match for him in the quarter-finals on Friday.