Andy Murray Wins BNP Paribas Masters To Take Over #1 SpotPublished on November 6th, 2016 6:56 pm EST
After years of effort and at the ripe old age of 29 years old, Andy Murray is finally the world's #1 ranked men's tennis player.
Earlier today, Murray defeated John Isner 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters title. This continued a torrid season for Murray, who is currently enjoying the best run of his career.
This tournament was especially notable as Murray's win means that he is now the world's #1 ranked men's tennis player, taking over for Novak Djokovic. Novak Djokovic was bounced in the quarter-finals by M. Cilic and continues a freefall that started after the French Open. There are multiple theories as to why Djokovic is struggling so badly as of late, including personal issues. Many people believe that Djokovic should take some time off to close out the year, though he continues to turn out for events.
Andy Murray has spent years as one of the world's top men's tennis players, though he was never able to break through to the top of the pack until today.
Murray has been playing during an era that has included long runs at #1 by Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. With Djokovic's recent struggles, Nadal's health issues and Federer's advancing age, combined with a spectacular run in 2016, Murray has finally ascended to the top of the tennis world.
With his victory earlier today, Andy Murray is now 73-9 in 2016 with a total of 8 titles. His results over the past couple of months have been astonishing, and he is clearly the hottest tennis player in the world today.
Andy Murray now has nearly $11 million in total prize money in 2016 to go along with his shiny, new #1 ranking.
It's been a long time coming, but Andy Murray has finally climbed to the top of the tennis world.