Andy Murray becomes tennis world number one as Milos Raonic withdraws from Paris Masters
Andy Murray will be the new world No 1 after his semi-final at the Paris Masters was called off with Milos Raonic withdrawing from the match through injury.
Murray needed to beat Raonic on Saturday afternoon in order to replace Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP rankings, but Canadian Raonic called a press conference on Saturday to confirm he had torn his right quadriceps and would not be able to play.
It means Murray will automatically qualify for the final, where he will play American John Isner.
Murray needed to better Djokovic's results in Paris in order to replace him as world No 1, but the Serbian made Murray's task much easier when he crashed out of the Paris Masters in the quarter-finals on Friday at the hands of Marin Cilic.
Speaking in the French capital, Raonic said his leg injury could now affect his participation in the season-ending Tour finals in London.
"Yesterday I started feeling something in my leg, this morning I had trouble getting out of bed," he said.
"I did an MRI and they found I have a grade one tear in my right quad and I am not able to compete."
The news caps arguably the greatest year of Murray's career.
Chasing down Djokovic - considered virtually untouchable at the start of 2016 - the 29-year-old took Wimbledon glory and retained his Olympic gold, lifting seven trophies in total.
He will now face John Isner in a 12th final of the year and will do so knowing he is rated as the world's best player.
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