If only we could all have weekends like Andy Murray. If you are just checking back into the Tennis community since last week, quite a few historical things have happened. Just to give some quick context, the BNP Paribas Masters was this past week in Paris and was the last tournament of the year. This tournament was the final moment for players to lock their positions in the Men’s Finals which will begin on the 13th in London. Even though the stakes were high for many, all eyes were on Andy Murray who could make history. Here are the 3 reasons why Andy Murray had a better weekend than you.
1) He Became The New Number 1 In The World
On Saturday November 5th, Andy Murray became the world’s #1 Tennis player, dethroning Novak Djokovic who has had the position since 2014. In order to achieve this, Djokovic had to be knocked out earlier than the final and Andy had to reach the final. But as fate had it, Djokovic would lose in the quarterfinals giving the opportunity for Andy to gain the title if he could beat Raonic. And this he did on Saturday, obtaining the new ranking and being able to tell his mates in the pubs back home that he is the best Tennis player in the world (something I’m sure they’d been saying for years.)
2) He Won The BNP Paribas Masters Title
As if becoming the world’s new #1 player wasn’t enough, Andy actually went on to win the tournament all together! The final match was against the American John Isner, who, I thought really brought his game in the final. The first set was really even, with a slight advantage to Isner who just looked a lot more focused out there. But after a few 40-40 points Andy would come back to grab the set away from him. Isner would then go on to win the second set in the tie break by some really terrific points. The skill was truly on display for these two men, athleticism especially for Andy. The third set would again be swept away from Isner and Andy wins the match 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4.
3) He Added His 8th Title This Year And Is Primed For The Final
With the win in Paris, Andy has now obtained his 8th tour title this year and 43rd overall. With Novak really dominating the beginning of the year, it was truly a surprise to see Andy come up in the later half and show really the best Tennis of his life. With such a hot streak, he is poised to do very well in the Men’s Finals in London. Especially with top fan favorites like Federer, Nadal, and Kyrgios out, Andy has a very different field to play against. But look out for guys like Wawrinka and Djokovic to bring their best Tennis to London next week and aim to knock Murray out. We cannot wait to see who comes out on top in London!