The newly crowned World No.1 Andy Murray has won his first ever BNP Paribas Open title. He defeated America’s John Isner to claim the title in three sets.
Murray confirmed his World No.1 rank yesterday, edging Djokovic by 5 points, after he received a walkover by Milos Raonic in the semi-final. It took some extraordinary efforts by Murray to close in the gap between his and Djokovic’s points who was firm at the top position. But Murray managed to fight the odds and eventually overtake the Serbian to reach the pinnacle for the first time in his career at age 29. This makes him the second oldest man to achieve this feat. He won his second Olympic gold and Wimbledon title on his way to the top of the rankings.
Murray will be officially confirmed as Britain’s first singles number one since computerized rankings were introduced in 1973, on Monday.
He now heads to the season-ending World Tour Finals as top seed for the first time – but if previous number one Novak Djokovic wins every match at the Finals he will reclaim the top ranking he held for 122 weeks.
So naturally after his win, the joyous celebrations increased manifold and twitter burst into a string of felicitations for the winner.
Happy for @andy_murray great week. Even more incredible year and career. You have earned every ranking and accolade with hard work. Congrats
— James Blake (@JRBlake) November 6, 2016
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 6, 2016
— Team GB (@TeamGB) November 6, 2016
ANDY MURRAY!!!!!!! ???
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 6, 2016