Andy Murray has enjoyed a dazzling run of form post-US Open that has seen him ascend to the top of the Tennis world. The Scot won the Paris Masters on Sunday for the first time in his career, defeating American John Isner in the final. As the new World No. 1, Murray's records against other players formerly ranked No. 1 now take on new significance. In researching his history at, I found eight players formerly ranked No. 1 that Murray has played at least one match against. Below you'll find the details of his head-to-head records against the other greats whose career has overlapped with the Scot.

Roddick - Murray's best, Nadal - Murray's worst

A fewthings are worth pointing out. Firstly, in order for a match to count in the totals below the players did not have to be ranked No. 1 at the time of the matches. Rather the players only had to have held the World No. 1 ranking at some time in their careers. Secondly, some of the players listed below have careers that are still active. Accordingly, career head-to-heads of Murray's against Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic are still subject to change. Lastly, future No. 1s cannot be looked at without a crystal ball. A player like Kei Nishikori or Alexander Zverev may well hold top spot someday, however, that is a matter of speculation and opinion as opposed to fact.

Against former World No. 1s, Murray's best winning percentage is against Andy Roddick.* The Scot beat the American in 8of their 11 head-to-head meetings for a winning percentage of 72.7%. On the other side of the spectrum, Murray has 24 historical matches against Nadal and a winning percentage of 29.2% in those contests.

That's ever-so-slightly below Murray's 29.4% winning percentage against Djokovic.Here are all the head to heads between Murray and the former No. 1s that he has faced (from most matches to fewest).

  • Murray vs Djokovic: 10-24, 29.4%
  • Murray vs Federer: 11-14, 44%
  • Murray vs Nadal: 7-17, 29.2%
  • Murray vs Roddick: 8-3, 72.7%
  • Murray vs Juan Carlos Ferrero: 3-0, 100%
  • Murray vs Carlos Moya: 2-0, 100%
  • Murray vs Lleyton Hewitt: 1-0, 100%
  • Murray vs Marat Safin: 0-1, 0%

*minimum 4matches required for percentages to be considered significant


According to's archives, Murray contested his first professional match in the 2003 Manchester challenger with a win against one Wesley Moodle.

The Scot won $730 for a third-round finish at the event, a far cry from the£2,000,000 he won at Wimbledon earlier this season. The professional careers of other former World No. 1's have overlapped with Murray. However he did not face Andre Agassi (last match at the 2006 US Open), Yevgeny Kafelnikov, or Thomas Muster (the latter attempted a comeback in 2010/11).

The compiled record against all the former No. 1s Murray has faced currently is 42-59, one that is subject to change. That works out to a winning percentage of 41.6%, a stat that might not look great but truly isin consideration of the quality of the competition.

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