Paris: Andy Murray will hold the coveted No. 1 spot for the first time when the ATP rankings are published Monday after advancing to the Paris Masters final without playing a single point.
Murray benefited from Milos Raonic’s withdrawal from the tournament, just one hour before the big-serving Canadian was scheduled to take on the 29-year-old Briton in the semifinals Saturday. Raonic said he withdrew because of a right leg injury he picked up during his quarterfinal win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
“This morning I had trouble waking up and getting out of bed…Did some tests. Did an MRI half an hour ago, let’s say. They found that I have a tear, Grade 1 tear in the right quad,” Raonic said. “Unfortunately, I’m not able to compete against Andy today.”
Murray needed only to make the final in Paris to take the top spot from Novak Djokovic, who has been atop the men’s rankings for more than two years. Murray will hold a five-point lead over Djokovic, who lost in the quarterfinals in Paris. Their fight for supremacy will resume in London at the ATP finals later this month.
Murray faces American John Isner in the final after the American hit 18 aces to defeat Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3. Murray will become the first Briton to hold the top spot, no matter the result of Sunday’s final. He also will be the oldest first-time No. 1 since John Newcombe at age 30 in 1974 and the 26th player to reach No. 1 since the rankings started in 1973.
Reaching the summit has been a long process for Murray, who has spent 76 weeks at No. 2, a position he reached for the first time in 2009.