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Murray finally overtook Djokovic as world number one at the weekend.

Andy Murray congratulated on becoming world number one by rival Novak Djokovic

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Andy Murray became the oldest ever player to become a first-time world number one at the weekend, overtaking long-time ATP leader Novak Djokovic in the process.

The Scot needed to reach the finals of the Masters in Paris to overtake Djokovic for the number one spot, and managed to do so after his opponent Milos Raonic pulled out before their scheduled semi-final contest in France.

Murray then went on to beat American John Isner in the final, securing his eighth title of the year.

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Now, former number one Djokovic has congratulated Murray on stripping him of his top spot in the rankings.

The Serbian wrote via his Facebook page: "Congratulations Andy Murray! Very well deserved and hard fought milestone!

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"Your dedication and passion has paid off, and I am really happy to be in the same era with you!”

Djokovic has suffered a poor run of form since securing a career Grand Slam at the French Open earlier this year, most notably suffering an early exit at this year’s Wimbledon, followed by a first round loss at the Olympics just a month later, where the Serb broke down in tears.

Despite this poor form, Djokovic still has a chance to reclaim his spot as top seed in the rankings before the end of the season, but won’t face off against Murray until the semi-final stage at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, as the duo were drawn in opposite groups for the tournament.

With Murray now at the top of the ATP rankings, he has become the first British singles player to become world number one since computerised rankings were introduced in 1973.

What do you make of Djokovic’s comments? Can Murray hold on to top spot till the end of the year? Have YOUR say in the comments below.

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Topics:
US Open Tennis
Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
Roger Federer
Wimbledon
Tennis
Andy Murray

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