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Andy Murray rises to world no. 1: Latest ATP World Tour rankings Monday 7 November 2016

Luke Williams 8 Nov 2016
  • Andy Murray officially becomes world no. 1, overtaking Novak Djokovic
  • Djokovic could retake the no. 1 spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals when they begin on Sunday 13 November
Andy Murray

Andy Murray officially replaces Novak Djokovic as world no. 1 in latest ATP World Tour rankings as of Monday 7 November 2016.

Andy Murray has officially become the first British man in history to rank world no. 1 in the latest Emirates ATP World Tour rankings, released on Monday 7 November 2016.

Murray moved ahead of Djokovic by five points by virtue of reaching the final of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris at the weekend after Djokovic fell in the quarterfinals, handed a shock defeat by Marin Cilic who had lost all 14 of his previous matches against the Serb.

Murray then extended his lead on Djokovic in the rankings by claiming the BNP Paribas Masters title, defeating John Isner in Sunday’s final. He currently has 11,185 points to Djokovic’s 10,780.

The rise to world no. 1 crowns a superb season for Murray, who has won a personal best 72 matches so far in 2016, taking his third Grand Slam title at Wimbledon along with titles in Rome, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna and Paris and finishing runner-up at the Australian and French Opens. He also won his second Olympic gold singles medal in Rio, although that achievement does not count towards ranking points.

Murray is the first British man to rank world no. 1 in men’s singles since the computerized rankings were introduced in 1973, the 26th man to rank as world no. 1 and the second-oldest to ever reach the top spot for the first time after 30-year-old John Newcombe in 1974. He has also set a record for the most time between becoming world no. 2 for the first time – which happened back in 2009 – and world no. 1, which is in itself a testament to the quite extraordinary amount of tenacity and resilience it has required for Murray to put himself in this position.

Murray has been congratulated on Twitter by many of his peers including world no. 1 Angelique Kerber, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.









His historic reign as world no. 1 could be short-lived, however. At the upcoming Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, which begin in London on Sunday 13 November, Djokovic will have the opportunity to retake the top spot and end the year as world no. 1. 

‘It might only be for one week,’ Murray admitted. ‘So I might as well try and enjoy it, because I could lose it at the Tour Finals and never be there again. So I was really happy about that and hopefully will feel the same way going into London, as well. I'm sure I will, because you're competing against the best players in front of a big crowd there.’

There was more bad news in this week’s rankings for the formerly dominant duo of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Nadal, who shut down his season after the Shanghai Masters due to his wrist injury, slipped down to world no. 8 while Federer, who has not played since Wimbledon, fell to world no. 16 – the first time he has been outside the top 10 since the week of 7 October 2002.

David Ferrer is now outside of the top 20 after failing to defend last year’s semifinal points in Paris, but the man who beat him at the BNP Paribas Masters, John Isner, has surged back into the top 20. Isner’s third Masters 1000 Series runner-up finish sees him end his season at world no. 19 and reclaim the American no. 1 spot from Jack Sock.

Eight of the world’s top nine players are due to appear at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals when the season-ending championships, held at London’s O2 Arena, begin on Sunday 13 November. 

Emirates ATP World Tour Rankings Top 20, Monday 7 November 2016
1. Andy Murray
2. Novak Djokovic
3. Stan Wawrinka
4. Milos Raonic
5. Kei Nishikori
6. Gael Monfils
7. Marin Cilic
8. Rafael Nadal
9. Dominic Thiem
10. Tomas Berdych
11. David Goffin
12. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
13. Nick Kyrgios
14. Roberto Bautista Agut
15. Lucas Pouille
16. Roger Federer
17. Grigor Dimitrov
18. Richard Gasquet
19. John Isner
20. Ivo Karlovic


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