Roger Federer is the man who has been ranked the World No. 1 in the ATP's rankings for the most cumulative weeks. At the other end of the spectrum is Patrick Rafter,the retired Australian player who made No. 1 for one week of his career. Rafter will soon be joined by Andy Murray as players with one total week as the World No. 1. The Scot clinched top spot on Saturday in less-than-dramatic fashionas he advanced to the Paris finals with a walkover of Milos Raonic. Even if Murray should lose to John Isner in the Paris final, the Scot will get top spot on Monday still.

Murray, the first Scottish player to be No. 1

The ATP's rankings began in August of 1973. Since that time no Scottish-born player has ever made it to the top spot in the rankings. However Murray, who was born in Glasgow, will become the first player to reach the summit. He looks very promising to end the year as the World No. 1 as well and, minimally, I would project him to hold the top ranking until at least the end of the 2017 Australian Open (Federer is 5th favorite). However, Djokovic has more to lose at Melbourne Park in 2017 because of the title last season. If Djokovic stays on poor form a lengthier run can be expected. As such, I expect Murray to surpass all of these players on the all-time list for most weeks as the World No.

1 player (number of weeks in parentheses):

  • Rafter (1)
  • Carlos Moya (2)
  • Thomas Muster, Marcelo Rios, and Yevgeny Kafelnikov (6)
  • John Newcombe and Juan Carlos Ferrer (8)
  • Marat Safin (9)
  • Boris Becker (12)
  • Andy Roddick (13)
  • Mats Wilander (20)

Former missed chances for Murray

Murray had a chance to become the World No.

1 as early as 2009. In the summer of that season he had a US Open runner-up finish buoying his ranking along with numerous achievements in smaller events, like a title at the 2009 Canadian Masters. That season also saw then-No. 1 Rafael Nadal fall early in the French Open and then go on to miss Wimbledon with an injury.

Murray rose to World No. 2 in 2009, however Federer was still playing too strongly at that point and Murray would climb no higher that season or in any of the ones soon thereafter.

Murray also had a chance to hold the No. 1 ranking in 2013 when he held both the 2012 US Open title and the Wimbledon 2013 title simultaneously. At that point it wasn't really Federer that prevented Murray from gaining the No. 1 ranking, but Novak Djokovic. Furthermore, Murray struggled with a lower-back injury at that point in his career, one that lead to surgery that he would have to come back from.

Federer congratulates Murray

Federer, who has missed a lot of tennis this season, took to Twitter to express a congratulatory message to Murray.

From Federer's verified Twitter account on Saturday:

Next up for Murray is the Paris Masters final and then the World Tour Finals. It will be interesting to see if it's going to be full steam ahead for the Scot or if he'll regress a little after working so hard to accomplish a career goal.

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