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Friday / April 12.
  • Andy Murray Is the New No. 1-Ranked Tennis Player in the World

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    All Andy Murray needed to do on Saturday to become the new No. 1-ranked men’s tennis player in the world was beat Milos Raonic in the semifinals of the Paris Indoors.

    Raonic made it easy for Murray by withdrawing from the tournament, meaning the Scot advanced to Sunday’s final by walkover.

    After Novak Djokovic lost to Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals on Friday, Murray’s path to No. 1 was set out.

    Now Murray will become the new No. 1 regardless of how he does in Sunday’s final against American John Isner.

    At 29, Murray is the second-oldest to debut at No. 1 behind John Newcombe.

    Murray, who this year won Wimbledon and the Olympics — both for a second time — becomes the fourth member of the so-called “Big Four” to become No. 1, following his rivals Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic.

    Here is the list of the 25 men who have been ranked No. 1 in the world by the ATP since 1973 (via the ATP):

    THE NUMBER ONES
    Following is a list of the 26 players who have ranked No. 1 in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973):

    Player Date Reached Age Tot. Weeks
    Andy Murray (GBR) 7 November 2016 29 1
    Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4 July 2011 24 223
    Rafael Nadal (ESP) 18 August 2008 22 141
    Roger Federer (SUI) 2 February 2004 22 302
    Andy Roddick (USA) 3 November 2003 21 13
    Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 8 September 2003 23 8
    Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 19 November 2001 20 80
    Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) 4 December 2000 24 43
    Marat Safin (RUS) 20 November 2000 20 9
    Patrick Rafter (AUS) 26 July 1999 26 1
    Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 3 May 1999 25 6
    Carlos Moya (ESP) 15 March 1999 22 2
    Marcelo Rios (CHI) 30 March 1998 22 6
    Thomas Muster (AUT) 12 February 1996 28 6
    Andre Agassi (USA) 10 April 1995 24 101
    Pete Sampras (USA) 12 April 1993 21 286
    Jim Courier (USA) 10 February 1992 21 58
    Boris Becker (GER) 28 January 1991 23 12
    Stefan Edberg (SWE) 13 August 1990 24 72
    Mats Wilander (SWE) 12 September 1988 24 20
    Ivan Lendl (CZE) 28 February 1983 22 270
    John McEnroe (USA) 3 March 1980 21 170
    Bjorn Borg (SWE) 23 August 1977 21 109
    Jimmy Connors (USA) 29 July 1974 21 268
    John Newcombe (AUS) 3 June 1974 30 8
    Ilie Nastase (ROM) 23 August 1973 27 40
    COUNTRIES AT NO. 1
    Murray is the 26th player to hold No. 1 in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 1973) and he is the first male player from Great Britain to hold the top position. Following is a breakdown of the 14 countries at No. 1:

    Country No. Players
    United States 6 Connors, McEnroe, Courier, Sampras, Agassi, Roddick
    Australia 3 Newcombe, Rafter, Hewitt
    Spain 3 Moya, Ferrero, Nadal
    Sweden 3 Borg, Wilander, Edberg
    Russia 2 Kafelnikov, Safin
    Austria 1 Muster
    Brazil 1 Kuerten
    Chile 1 Rios
    Czech Republic 1 Lendl
    Germany 1 Becker
    Great Britain 1 Murray
    Romania 1 Nastase
    Serbia 1 Djokovic
    Switzerland 1 Federer
     

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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