British tennis player Andy Murray has been named the best tennis player in the world after winning a match against Milos Raonic.
Raonic withdrew from his Paris Masters semi-final against Murray at the last minute, which handed the Scot the world number one title for the first time ever.
Canadian Raonic said he could not go on after suffering an injury to his right quad during his successful quarter-final battle against Jo-Wilfried Tonga.
Because he has pulled out of the race, Murray has now taken the mantle of world number one from Novak Djokovic.
Murray had appeared that he would always be the bridesmaid and never the bride having spent a total of 76 weeks sitting at number two.
Djokovic had seemed as if his reign would go on and on, given that he had been at the top for 122 weeks, a total of more than two years.
Fans will be hoping Murray has been boosted by the news as he is now set to face John Isner in the Paris Masters final. Tennis experts however say that having the title of world number one can sometimes place pressure on players which they find it difficult to cope with.
Murray said: “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.”
Following news that he was now the best tennis player on the globe, congratulations flooded in from players past and present.
Martina Navratilova, who herself was ranked world number one female player for a staggering 332 weeks, tweeted: “Congratulations @andy_murray for reaching the pinnacle of our sport – #1!!! And that’s not a hash tag – that is #1.”
Speaking following his withdrawal, Raonic said that his leg injury could now impact on whether he participated in the Tour finals in London, which traditionally end the tennis season.
He explained: “Yesterday I started feeling something in my leg, this morning I had trouble getting out of bed. I did an MRI and they found I have a grade one tear in my right quad and I am not able to compete.”
News of Murray’s number one win tops off what has, arguably, been the best year of his career.
Djokovic had been thought to be unbeatable at the start of 2016, but Murray has proved that it could be done.
Murray, 29, has not only taken glory at Wimbledon this year, but has held onto his Olympic gold and has lifted seven trophies across the world.