Paris: As a reward for his consitency throughout this year, Britain's Andy Murray on Saturday dethroned Novak Djokovic as the World No. 1 player. Murray became the first-ever Briton to earn the world No. 1 spot after Milos Raonic pulled out of the Paris Masters before their semifinal clash here on Saturday due to an injury.
The 29-year-old Murray, who holds three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals, replaces Novak Djokovic as the tennis` top singles man. The Serb has held the top spot since July 7, 2014, which is 122 weeks in a row, and 223 weeks overall, Xinhua news agency reported.
Murray will now battle Djokovic for the coveted year-end No. 1 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on November 13-20.
Here is how Twitter saw Andy Murray`s rise to world number one ranking on Saturday:
"You`ve come a long way baby"
- Judy Murray, his mother, alongside a big number one and love heart beside a photo of the two during his junior days.
"We have a new king in town. Congrats Sir @andy_murray."
- Roger Federer
"Congratulations to @andy_murray on becoming World no.1. For me, Scotland`s greatest ever sportsperson."
- Cyclist Chris Hoy
"Congrats to @andy_murray on being the new world number 1! Much deserved accomplishment for him, and glad he got there. Long time coming!"
- Andy Roddick, US former world number one
`Congratulations @andy_murray on No.1! You worked so hard to get there the looong way. You are a true inspiration!`
- Petra Kvitova, two-time Wimledon champion
"@andy_murray = World number 1 ! So well deserved for this great man... Well done Andy and team Murray !"
- Former coach Amelie Mauresmo
"A remarkable journey of heartbreak, perseverance, hard work and success to make it to #1. Well done Andy. Never stopped believing & pushing."
- Former coach Darren Cahill
"11.5 years as a professional, 798 matches, 42 career titles, 1 sporting pinnacle reached, @andy_murray is the new world No.1!"
- Wimbledon official account
"What @andy_murray has achieved in the sport of tennis with the weight of British expectation on his shoulders is nothing short of Herculean."
- Fellow British player Liam Broady
"He`s got there!!!! The New World Number 1!!!! What an achievement, what a player..well done Andy no one deserves it more..."
- Murray`s current coach Jamie Delgado
"@andy_murray u the man."
- Australian star Nick Kyrgios
"Congratulations to @andy_murray on becoming World number one. A phenomenal achievement in a truly global sport, in its most competitive era."
- Former England footballer Gary Lineker
"Is being World #1 an automatic knighthood for #AndyMurray??? #SirAndyMurray."
- Tennis TV pundit Rob Koenig
"Andy freakin Murray!!! It`s about damn time... World #1 babyyy???#oosh."
- Fellow British player Heather Watson
"Hard work always pays off!!!!His turn has arrived @andy_murray !!!Amazing achievement,an example of discipline and determination."
- Romanian tour player Sorana Cirstea
"No better person to be #1 . Genuine, incredibly hard working, humble, down to earth, sincere person and great bloke. Congrats @andy_murray."
Australian player Matt Ebden