Andy Murray recently took the World No. 1 title from Novak Djokovic at the ATP Masters in Paris-Bercy this week. Following Djokovic’s quarter-final ouster at the hands of Marin Cilic, Murray had been due to play Milos Raonic in the semi-finals, with Raonic withdrawing due to injury.
Although perhaps in anticlimactic fashion, Murray, who was given a walkover to the final, ascended to World No. 1.
Here is why the 29-year-old deserves that top rank:
Murray has constantly proved himself to be among the best of the best, and unlike a number of other players who have hit high ranks only to quickly lose them, the Scot has held on to the No. 2 spot for over a year. Although he climbed up the rankings with French former No.1 Amelie Mauresmo, Murray and the Frenchwoman decided to part ways earlier this year, following which Murray reunited with Ivan Lendl.
Many have argued it was with Mauresmo that Murray made significant inroads on clay, a surface where he had not had many wins before. This year, the Scot took on Novak Djokovic in the finals of the Rome Masters, played on clay, and defeated the World No. 1 for his first Masters title on that surface.
Djokovic, before his win at Roland Garros this year, was considered one of the finest clay court players to never have won a Slam on that surface; although he has ended that drought this year, the Serb has won a number of titles on clay before, and is, by all means, a strong player on that surface.
Murray himself has constantly improved on performances, winning the Rome title against Djokovic not long after having lost the Madrid Masters title to the Serb on the same surface.