Murray dethrones Djokovic after Raonic withdraws

Murray beaten by Sandgren in latest match of comeback in Winston-Salem Open

Andy Murray has succeeded in his quest to become the new World No 1 in men's tennis, and he did so without having to hit a single shot.

Following Novak Djokovic's surprising defeat to Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals, Murray's task at the Paris Masters on Saturday was a simple one – defeat his semi-final opponent Milos Raonic and he would take over at the top of the world rankings.

That job turned out to be far easier than expected, as the Canadian withdrew from their last four clash with an injury, effectively handing over the top spot on a silver platter.

"Yesterday at I believe 4-2 in the first set I began feeling something in my leg – I didn't think too much of it at the time," said Roanic.

"This morning I had trouble waking up and getting out of bed. I had some tests and an MRI and they found I have a grade one tear in the right quad so I'm unfortunately not able to compete."

Murray becomes the first British singles player to reach No 1 since computerised rankings began in 1973.

He also becomes the second oldest player to reach number one for the first time, after John Newcombe, who topped the rankings in 1974.

Djokovic had spent no less than 122 weeks at the top, but his form took a dip after he completed his career Grand Slam with his French Open victory in June.

The Scot, meanwhile, has been in top form, reaching 11 finals in his past 12 events and winning 73 matches on the way.

While he will be confirmed as the new World No 1 when the revised rankings are released on Monday regardless, his job at the Paris Masters isn't done yet.

On Sunday, he will face big-hitting American John Isner in the final, who earlier in the day was a surprise 6-4, 6-3 winner over Marin Cilic. The Croat could not follow up his big win over Djokovic from the day before.

The victory was surprisingly straightforward for Isner, who fired 18 aces to Cilic's one, won 86% of his first serve points and converted three of eight break point opportunities.

But even if Murray should fall to Isner in the final, he is still set to take over at the top of the world rankings come Monday.