Paris - Britain's Andy Murray became the new world number one on Saturday
after Milos Raonic withdrew from their Paris Masters semi-final with
The walkover will see Murray, 29, move to the top of the
rankings for the first time in his career after replacing long-time
incumbent Novak Djokovic.
The Scot's climb to the ATP rankings'
summit caps a remarkable year which has seen him win a second Wimbledon
crown and mount a successful defence of his Olympic title in Rio.
said he had suffered a muscle tear in his right leg in his previous
match, sending Murray through to face John Isner in Sunday's final.
morning I had trouble waking up and getting out of bed. So I went to
sort of clear any serious diagnosis," said Raonic, who hurt himself in
Friday's quarter-final win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
"Did some tests. Did an MRI half an hour ago, let's say. They found that I have a tear, Grade 1 tear in the right quad.
"Unfortunately, I'm not able to compete against Andy today in the second semi-final."
had needed to reach the final to supplant Djokovic at the top following
the Serb's defeat to Marin Cilic in the last eight.
But he didn't need to hit a single ball as Raonic announced his withdrawal in a hastily-arranged press conference.
Murray will be confirmed as the new number one when the latest rankings are released on Monday.
will meet Isner as he targets a maiden Paris Masters title after the
big-serving American toppled Cilic 6-4, 6-3 in the first semi-finals.
Isner, who also reached the last four in 2011, broke the ninth seed at 4-all before serving out for the first set.
sealed his place at the Tour Finals in London this week and then
snapped a 14-match losing run against Djokovic, but the Croat couldn't
maintain that level against Isner.
The American seized control
again at 3-3 in the second set and inflicted his first defeat on Cilic
in seven attempts with another break of serve.
Isner will bid for his first Masters 1000 title after reaching the final at Indian Wells in 2012 and Cincinnati in 2013.
Results from the sixth day of the ATP Paris Masters on Saturday (x denotes seeding):Semi-finals
John Isner (USA) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x9) 6-4, 6-3
Andy Murray (GBR x2) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x4) walkover