Tennis History: Andy Murray is the 26th Man to be Ranked #1 since 1973

I will write more about the tug-of-war between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray over the #1 ranking after the Paris Indoor ends.  I do think it is amazing that only 26 men have had this distinction in a period the encompasses over 4 decades.  5 players have held the number one ranking for 200 or more weeks.  Jimmy Connors, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl, and Pete Sampras holding the number one ranking for a combined 1349 weeks or nearly 26 years helped to keep reaching number one a unique distinction.

Andy Murray’s 2016 has featured tent pole wins at Wimbledon and the Rio olympic games. He also has claimed Masters 1000 shields in Shanghai and Rome.  Finally, his wins at 500 level events as well as runner-up finishes at 2 majors and 2 Masters 1000 events put him on the verge of the number one ranking.   By reaching his 5th Masters 1000 final in Paris, Andy Murray has put himself atop of the ATP rankings.  Andy Murray will be seeking his 4th consecutive title tomorrow as he rides an impressive winning streak in the fall stretch of the 2016 ATP season.

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