It may have come late for Andy Murray, but he and his fans will certainly take a better-late-than-never attitude when it comes to claiming top spot in the ATP's rankings. The 29-year old will become the highest-ranked player in the world on Monday, an accomplishment that will end the current run of Novak Djokovic. Both Rafael Nadal, a former No. 1 on the men's tour, and the current women's No. 1 Angelique Kerber took to social media to express their congratulatory messages to Murray.

Reaction from other top players to Murray's rise

Nadal, who to date has been the No. 1 in the world for a total of 141 weeks, expressed his congratulatory message at his verified Facebook page: "Congrats to my friend Andy Murray on becoming the World Number One!" Nadal stated on Sunday.

The Spaniard himself is currently sidelined with injury, but he will be looking to make a renewed effort in early 2017. Unfortunately, Nadal won't be able to contest the ATP World Tour Finals in London later this month, a tournament that Murray is currently the betting favorite in (source: bet365).

Kerber, who has held the women's top ranking since the conclusion of the 2016 US Open, tweeted on Sunday from her verified account. Kerber ended the season as the World No.1 player and reached the final of the women's tour finals where she lost last week to Dominika Cilbulkova. The German'sreign as No. 1 has been a title-less one so far, something Murray will look to avoid in London.

Awards ceremony coming up for ATP stars

Nadal and Kerber joined Roger Federer in congratulating Murray on social media. Both heand Murray are nominees for the ATP's Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award.

The announcement for who receives that award will be made ahead of the start of the tour finals, an event that begins next Sunday. Murray's coach, Ivan Lendl, appears to be a likely candidate to receive some recognition at the awards ceremony as well. He is a nomination for the inaugural ATP Coach of the Year award.

Murray's titles this season and his ascension to the top of men's Tennis should play well in favor of Lendl, a former No. 1 himself.

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