1 for first time

Britain's Andy Murray became the men's world number one for the first time in his career after Canada's Milos Raonic withdrew from their Paris Masters semi-final.

"He definitely played better today and deserved to win".

"Yesterday at I believe 4-2 in the first set I started feeling some pain in my leg. But I'm not sure this is right in the rules, but if I get defaulted in the match tomorrow, I don't think I get the points from this week", Murray joked.

"I had some tests and an MRI half an hour ago and they found that I have a tear, Grade 1 tear in the right quad".

Murray became the first British player to win the USA open since 1977 - and, in fact, the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles event since 1936 - when he beat Novak Djokovic in the 2012 final of the event.

Murray will become the first Briton to hold the top spot, no matter the result of Sunday's final, and the 26th player to reach No.1 since the rankings started in 1973.

At 29 years of age, Murray is the second oldest player to achieve the status for the first time.

The Briton took the top spot after Novak Djokovic lost to Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals on Friday, before his Canadian opponent pulled out of their semi-final match with a calf problem.

Meanwhile, Raonic said his leg injury could now affect his participation in the season-ending Tour finals in London.

"I'm on the borderline for that", the fifth-ranked Raonic said. After re-hiring former coach Ivan Lendl, Murray started an fantastic run in which he clawed back the massive 8,035 points seperating him from the Serbian.

When Lendl left, Murray hired Amelie Mauresmo in 2014.

Djokovic completed his collection of career grand slams prevailing in the showpiece match on the red dust of the French capital. "For me, at the end of days, getting to see my kid made tennis not the most important thing any more". Think of that breathless 2012 US Open win or becoming the first home victor of Wimbledon for 77 years.

When the new rankings are released on Monday, Murray will be looking down on Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, a three-man roadblock that has been in his way for the best part of a decade. "He deserves a lot of credit for the work that he's done with me, as well". His confidence has been high since winning a second Wimbledon title, and then becoming the first tennis player to defend an Olympic tennis title.

"I never thought I'd be No. 1 in the world and never, never imagined that was something that was going to happen", Murray told a news conference. But after winning the French Open for the first time in June, his form has dipped.

One person was quick to congratulate Murray on Saturday - his mother Judy.

As Judy Murray said on Twitter, where she posted a photograph of herself with her son Andy when he was just a boy, "you've come a long way baby".



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