After 11 years, 3 grand slam titles, 2 Olympic Gold medals and 1 son Andy Murray has become World Number 1 for the first time in his career. After Marin Cilic pulled out of the Paris Masters Semi-Final on Saturday, Murray gained enough points to overtake Djokovic and end the Serbians 223 week run at the top.
The Scot started the year with (another) runner-up display in the Australian Open losing to Djokovic in the final. The same fate met Murray at the French Open Final as Djokovic completed the career grand slam. Then Murray’s year took a turn for the better as he appointed Ivan Lendl as his coach once again. It had an instant impact as the Brit won Queens for the 5th time before winning his 2nd Wimbledon title and his 3rd Grand Slam. A few weeks later in Rio, Andy reclaimed his Olympic title he won four years before in dominant style.
After a disappointing quarter-final exit from the US Open, Andy went on an incredible run and from an impossible position managed to overtake Novak Djokovic in the rankings. Murray has won 4 tournaments in the first part of this year, Rome Masters, Queens, Wimbledon and Olympics, before going on a superb four tournament win streak, China Open, Shanghai Masters, Vienna Open and Paris Masters, to take his place at the top of the rankings.
Murray has now set his sights on the ATP Tour Championships at the end of the year and then will hopefully finally win the Australian Open at the start of next year. Now though the Scot should enjoy the fact he’s in his rightful place