Andy Murray will become the world number one on Monday, after semi-final opponent Milos Raonic withdrew with a tear to his quad, allowing the Scot direct passage to the Paris final.
Murray becomes the 26th man to top the tennis hierarchy since the official rankings began in 1973, and the second oldest at the age of 29 years and five months. The Brit also breaks the record for the longest time between becoming number two and becoming number one, having first risen to second in the world over seven years ago.
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It caps an incredible year for the Scot, who became a father for the first time in February, before triumphs at Wimbledon and the Olympics etched his name further in the history books. Victories in Rome, Queens, Beijing, Shanghai and Vienna also contributed to a remarkable swing atop the tennis rankings, where Novak Djokovic led by over 8,000 points just five months ago.
A 22-match winning streak amidst that golden summer laid the foundations, and Murray continued to rack up the wins as Djokovic faltered, with Friday’s victory over Berdych taking him to a career-best 72 wins for the year. The Scot has a record of 55-4 since the start of the Madrid Open, the week he celebrated his 29th birthday.
Murray will now look to win his first Paris Masters title on Sunday when he takes on John Isner, who ended a 6-match losing streak to vanquish Marin Cilic in Saturday’s other semi-final. Murray has won on all seven previous occasions, most recently in the Vienna quarter final just one week ago.