Andy Murray surpassed Novak Djokovic as world number one in the tennis rankings at the weekend for the first time in his career when he reached the final of the Paris Masters.
In fact, he actually became number one without having to hit a ball in the semi-final because his scheduled opponent Milos Raonic withdrew due to injury.
After an incredible season, which has so far seen the Scotsman win eight titles, 29-year-old Murray has become the world number one for the first time at an older age than any other player.
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Now Murray’s mother Judy, who coached both Andy and brother Jamie earlier in their careers, has claimed that the reason he is now on top of the world is because he is happy.
Murray is back home for a short recovery period after winning the French Open to spend time with his family, before looking to win his fifth event in a row and secure his ranking as world number one at the ATP World Tour Finals in London next week.
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Speaking about her son's success, Judy attributes the incredible year to the birth of his daughter Sophia in February.
Murray has won eight titles this year since his daughter’s birth in February, and his mother claimed: “He’s been very, very focused this year and I mean he’s such an incredible competitor and fighter on the court and away from the court he’s one of the most laid-back people you’re most likely to meet.
“If anything, he’s become even more laid back away from the court since he had the baby and when he watches even more driven on it, so it’s been a great thing.”
Murray needs to better or equal the performance of, now world number two, Novak Djokovic at the ATP World Tour Finals to secure his finish as world number one at the end of the season.
Speaking of the upcoming tournament, the tennis star said: “I’ve never been there as No 1 before before so I don’t know if I’m going to feel differently or if I will feel any extra expectations or not.
“Once you’re out on the court, you don’t think about your ranking. You’re playing against the top eight players in the world.”
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