Andy Murray is the 26th mens No1 in tennis but how does he compare? | Kevin Mitchell


Andy Murray lags Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic however much better than lots of other previous No1s and is probably the very best professional athlete Britain has actually produced in the previous years

T hree years back in New York, where Andy Murray was safeguarding the very first of his 3 grand slam titles , the Association of Tennis Professionals arranged a gala supper for the 25 gamers who had actually topped their rankings given that 1973. Murray was not amongst them.

Now, after reaching the last of the Paris Masters thanks to the withdrawal through injury of Milos Raonic here on Saturday that protected him the 235 points he had to pass Novak Djokovic as world No1, he is relocating their exalted business. He has actually gotten here behind anybody because John Newcombe, who was 30 when the ATP computer system acknowledged him as the very best gamer on the planet in 1974. His is an accomplishment for determination and durability.

But where does he stand along with the 25 and amongst world champs throughout a variety of sports from these islands? While Newcombes age was strong, and other gamers delighted in long rules at the top, Murray is running on an entirely various aircraft, having actually needed to contend versus 3 gamers numerous great judges consider the finest in the history of tennis: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic.

Certainly it is reasonable to put him behind that amazing trinity. When it comes to domestic judgment, not even Lennox Lewiss increase to world heavyweight champ in the fading days of Mike Tysons time matches Murrays accomplishment as a British champ on the worldwide phase. A closer contrast in a private sport may be Nick Faldo, who was No1 in golf for 97 weeks and won 6 majors.

Although Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Jonny Wilkinson need factor to consider too, there are sound needs to relate to Murray as the very best professional athlete this nation has actually produced in the previous years, and he stands contrast with much of the heroes of the past, from Jack Hobbs to Bobby Charlton to Steve Redgrave contrasts that are as challenging to validate as they are questionable. Regardless, Murray deserves our universal honor.

And there is a particular synchronicity about the elevation of the irontough Scot to the top of the podium at the very time when his competitors are failing, a survivor capitalizing the sort of dedication that few of his predecessors and not that much of his contemporaries would consider typical with his coach, Ivan Lendl, a significant exception as a leader of effort.

A couple of others have actually followed his lead. Djokovic, too, is a design of commitment, on and off the court. Absolutely nothing is specific in sport however, at 29 and with a minimum of 3 or 4 years delegated develop on his tradition, this might be Murrays time. Federer is 35, has actually not won a significant considering that 2012 and just recently signed up with the failing 30-year-old Nadal on the hurt list long prior to the conclusion of the season. They are, unfortunately for them and their countless fans, nearing completion.

And exactly what of Djokovic? There have actually been stressing indications for the Serb today and in current months that his extended period of supremacy is under siege. He plainly has actually not gotten rid of the injuries that blighted his run because he beat Murray to win the French Open and finish a profession grand slam, and he was not himself in Paris this previous week . There was hesitancy in his voice, unusual insecurity about his type and his instant future. It is most likely he will quickly part business with Boris Becker, and it doubts if he will restore complete physical fitness in time for the Australian Open in January. This is not the Djokovic that spread out fear in the locker space even 6 months back.

How times have actually altered for him. Djokovic stated that night 3 years back in New York: I understand what does it cost? effort it takes and the number of individuals worldwide contend for that location. Being the No1 is the peak of all the aspirations of every gamer. This is the dream.

Where does Murray suit this dream situation? I would rank him above the following No1 gamers of the past, and reckon he would beat them most of the time: Pat Rafter (who ruled for simply one week), Carlos Moya (2), Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marcelo Rios and Thomas Muster (all 6), Juan Carlos Ferrero and John Newcombe (8), Marat Safin (9), Andy Roddick (13), Ilie Nastase (40), Gustavo Kuerten (43) and Lleyton Hewitt (80).

He would have a more difficult time of it, maybe, versus Boris Becker (12) and Mats Wilander (20), however those would be close matches. Would come more requiring obstacles versus Jim Courier (58) and Stefan Edberg (72).

After that Murray gets in the stratosphere inhabited by his hero Andre Agassi (101), Bjorn Borg (109), Nadal (141), John McEnroe (170), Djokovic (223), Jimmy Connors (268), Lendl (270), Pete Sampras (286) and Federer (302).

Let the dispute start.

Read more: