Andy Murray becomes world tennis No1 after Raonic walkover in Paris

Andy Murray will become the mens world No1 after reaching the Paris Masters final courtesy of Milos Raonics withdrawal

Milos Raonic withdrew from his Paris Masters semi-final against Andy Murray at the last minute on Saturday, handing the Scot the world No1 spot for the first time.

The Canadian said he tore his right quad during his quarter-final win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday. His withdrawal means Murray will overtake Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings, having spent a total of 76 weeks at No2 and ending the Serbs latest reign at 122 weeks.

Murray will face John Isner in Sundays final, his 12th of 2016, after the American beat Marin Cilic Djokovics quarter-final conqueror 6-4, 6-3 earlier on Saturday.

I have put myself in a position to do something that takes a lot of consistency, a lot of concentration for a long period of time, said Murray on Friday, following his 7-6, 7-5 quarter-final win over Tomas Berdych.

Martina Navratilova led the tributes to Murrays achievement, tweeting: Congratulations @andy_murray for reaching the pinnacle of our sport #1!!! And thats not a hash tag that is #1.

Martina Navratilova (@Martina)

Congratulations @andy_murray for reaching the pinnacle of our sport- #1!!! And that’s not a hash tag- that is #1:).

November 5, 2016

Confirming his decision to withdraw, Raonic said: Yesterday at I believe 4-2 in the first set I started feeling some pain in my leg. I didnt think too much of it at that point. This morning I had trouble waking up and getting out of bed. So I went to sort of clear any serious diagnosis. Did some tests. Did an MRI. So they found that I have a tear, grade-one tear in the right quad.

Asked if it endangered his participation in the ATP World Tour Finals in London, which starts on Monday week, Raonic said: Yes, it does. I still have the possibility of making it but I was told five to 10 days. So Im on the borderline for that. I still have a possibility that I might be able to play more this year, on one of the biggest stages, important moments in tournaments, for us as tennis players. Now, I just rather than feeling bad about it, I try to put the attention on trying to make the most of these days.

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Andy Murray acknowledges the crowd at the Paris Masters on Saturday, shortly after being confirmed as the new world No1, following Milos Raonics withdrawal from the semi-finals. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

I have, I believe, at least eight days before I play a first-round match. The muscle that is damaged is very close to the bone. So any kind of external sort of rehab is ineffective.

Raonic has had one of his best seasons but has also struggled with injury, and arrived in Paris nursing soreness in his legs and arms after a tough campaign in Asia. I couldnt remember exactly what happened or what I did, he said, because it wasnt that I felt it during the point. The point was finished, and the next point I started feeling it. I thought maybe my muscles were just getting tight. Where I sort of felt it a bit more was standing and getting up and out of the seat on the changeover, sort of when I had cooled down a little bit. During play, staying warm, wasnt too obvious of an issue. So I didnt give it too much thought.

How Murray has risen to the top

Year-end ranking: 2003 No540. 2004 No411. 2005 No64. 2006 No17. 2007 No11. 2008 No4. 2009 No4. 2010 No4. 2011 No4. 2012 No3. 2013 No4. 2014 No6. 2015 No2.

The 26 world No1s since 1973

1 Ilie Nastase (Rom), 2 John Newcombe (Aus), 3 Jimmy Connors (US), 4 Bjorn Borg (Swe), 5 John McEnroe (US), 6 Ivan Lendl (Cz Rep), 7 Mats Wilander (Swe), 8 Stefan Edberg (Swe), 9 Boris Becker (Ger), 10 Jim Courier (US), 11 Pete Sampras (US), 12 Andre Agassi (US), 13 Thomas Muster (Aut), 14 Marcelo Ros (China), 15 Carlos Moy (Sp), 16 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Rus), 17 Patrick Rafter (Aus), 18 Marat Safin (Rus), 19 Gustavo Kuerten (Bra), 20 Lleyton Hewitt (Aus), 21 Juan Carlos Ferrero (Sp), 22 Andy Roddick (US), 23 Roger Federer (Switz), 24 Rafael Nadal (Sp), 25 Novak Djokovic (Serb), 26 Andy Murray (GB)

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/05/andy-murray-becomes-tennis-world-no1-milos-raonic-walkover-paris