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PARIS -- Andy Murray will hold the coveted No. 1 spot for the first time when the ATP rankings are published Monday after advancing to the Paris Masters final without playing a single point.Murray benefited from Milos Raonics withdrawal from the tournament -- just one hour before the big-serving Canadian was scheduled to take on the 29-year-old Briton in the semifinals on Saturday.Raonic said he withdrew because of a right leg injury he picked up during his quarterfinal win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.This morning I had trouble waking up and getting out of bed ... Did some tests. Did an MRI half an hour ago, lets say. They found that I have a tear, Grade 1 tear in the right quad, Raonic said. Unfortunately, Im not able to compete against Andy today.Murray only needed to make the final in Paris to take top spot off Novak Djokovic. He is guaranteed to hold at least a five-point lead over Djokovic, who lost in the quarterfinals in Paris. Their fight for supremacy will resume in London at the ATP finals later this month.Murray faces American John Isner?in the Paris Masters final after the American hit 18 aces to defeat Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3.Murray will become the first Briton to hold the top spot, no matter the result of Sundays final. He will also be the oldest first-time No. 1 since John Newcombe at age 30 in 1974, and the 26th player to reach No. 1 since the rankings started in 1973.It feels a little bit strange how its happened today and obviously unfortunate that Milos is injured, Murray said. To get to this stage is about 12 months of tournaments. The last few months have been the best of my career and Im very proud to get to this moment.Roger Federer?tweeted his congratuations to Murray on his ascent to No. 1 in the world rankings.Reaching the summit has been a long process for Murray, who has spent 76 weeks at No. 2, a position he reached for the first time in 2009.A turning point in the Scots career came when he hired Ivan Lendl as a coach in 2011. During their first stint together, Lendl managed to turn Murray from a four-time Grand Slam runner-up into a two-time major champion. Murray won Olympic gold in London in 2012 and the US Open title later the same year. In 2013, he became the first British man to triumph at Wimbledon in 77 years.Before winning the US Open, Murray was 0-4 in Grand Slam finals. Only one other man in the Open era, which began in 1968, lost his first four major titles matches _ Lendl. The Czech-born baseline player then went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles during a 17-year career, spending 270 weeks at No. 1 in the world rankings.Murray replaced Lendl with Amelie Mauresmo in 2014. Though the Frenchwoman helped him climb back up the rankings following back surgery, the partnership ended in May this year without any new major title. The Scot reunited with Lendl before Wimbledon, a week after Murray lost to Djokovic in the French Open final.The move paid off immediately as Murray claimed a second title at the All England Club and a second gold medal at the Rio Olympics. Last week in Vienna he won the Erste Bank Open for his third straight tournament and has a 45-3 match record since the French Open.I feel like getting to number one ... it wasnt about this week, or about last week. Its been many years of work to get here, Murray said. The most satisfying thing is its been such a difficult thing to do in my career.In the beginning of my career, I always wanted to win a Grand Slam, but now that Ive gotten older, getting to number one was something I have tried to do. I needed to improve my consistency and the last couple of seasons I have done that. Im happy to have done that.Djokovic held the top spot for 122 consecutive weeks. But after winning the French Open for the first time in June, his form has taken a dip. He lost in the third round at Wimbledon, and in the first round of the Olympics. At the U.S Open, he won the first set in the final but Stan Wawrinka rallied to beat him.Hes definitely a player who deserves that, Djokovic said about Murray on Friday. Undoubtedly, much respect for what he has done. We have known each other since very, very early days. We were, I think, 11 years old when we first played against each other. And to see how he has raised his level in the last 12 months is quite extraordinary.One person was quick to congratulate Murray on Saturday -- his mother Judy.Youve come a long way baby, Judy Murray tweeted, with an old photo of the two of them on a tennis court.The Associated Press and the Press Association contributed to this report. Cheap Jordan Retro 6 For Sale . Hazard cut in from the left and scored with a swerving right-footed shot for ninth goal of the season, which proved to be enough for the victory despite Chelseas forwards again lacking a cutting edge up front. Jordan 6 Shoes For Sale . According the Toronto Star, a knee injury will keep Sundin out of the lineup, which includes former teammates Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Tie Domi and Curtis Joseph. http://www.airjordan6cheap.com/ .1 million pounds ($61.2 million) on Saturday, giving the beleaguered English Premier League champions a major lift. Discount Jordan 6 Shoes . Brazilian national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed that the veteran goalkeeper is set to join Toronto on loan, saying it will help him be ready for the World Cup. Cheap Air Jordan 6 . Once again Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) and I (@LynchOnSports) go head to head in our picks. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night 32 my #TeamLynch got the best of #TeamJC by a score of 9-6. Let us know which side youre on for UFC 167 use the hashtag #TeamLynch or #TeamJC on Twitter. ARCADIA, Calif. -- Before the year started, those associated with California Chrome mapped out an itinerary for 2016, and thus far, theyve hit every planned stop with nary a misstep. Victory in the San Pasqual. A pair of wins in Dubai, including the World Cup. Two wins at Del Mar, including the Pacific Classic. And, most recently, a victory in the Awesome Again.The $6 million Breeders Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita was the year-end goal, and California Chrome comes into it in the best form of his career. He was dominant in both the Pacific Classic and Awesome Again, Grade 1 races that have set him up for a big payday. There is a $1 million bonus for winning those two races plus the Breeders Cup Classic, on top of the more than $3 million in first-prize money from the Classic itself.His last two races have been big, trainer Art Sherman said. Let me have one more like that in the Breeders Cup. This is a biggie coming up. If he wins, it takes him to a different plateau.Standing in the way of the perfect plan are nine rivals, most notably Arrogate, the late-developing 3-year-old who turned in a freakish performance in the Travers and has trained into this race like that was not a fluke.The Travers was pretty mind-blowing, trainer Bob Baffert said. We never knew he had that kind of speed until we asked him to do that. Hes going to have to run that race again to be competitive with a horse like California Chrome.The Classic is the last and richest of the 13 Breeders Cup races that will be run Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita and is the final race on a 12-race card Saturday. Eight of the 10 runners have won a Grade 1 race, five of them in their most recent start.Its a tough, tough race, said Kiaran McLaughlin, who sends out Met Mile winner Frosted.California Chrome will be favored, with Arrogate a strong second choice.Hes never run against a horse like Chrome, Sherman said of Arrogate. Hes going to have to outrun me to make me a believer.You can always get outrun. But if Chrome does, the horse who does it is gonna know he was in a horse race.Baffert knows hes taking on a formidable opponent but believes Arrogate is the real deal.Regarding California Chrome, Baffert said: This is the best Ive ever seen him. Hes in peak form. I give a lot of credit to the Sherman camp. Hes the horse to beat. I dont know if we can beat him, but I think we have a horse who can be competitive with him.ddddddddddddThe Travers announced Arrogate to the world, but the Baffert barn had been high on him before he ever ran. His race in the Travers -- a track record at Saratoga with a Beyer Speed Figure of 122 -- was monstrous.I think he can do it again, Baffert said of earning another big figure. Its going to take a huge performance to beat Chrome.Arrogate has not raced since the Travers, a schedule Baffert successfully used last year with American Pharoah.The only way you can do it is if you have a really good horse like Pharoah, Baffert said. We dont know how good Arrogate is. The only time we set him down was in the Travers. I havent seen anything to tell me he cant do it again.Baffert is seeking his third straight win in the Classic, following Bayern and American Pharoah. In addition to Arrogate, he also sends out Hoppertunity, fresh from a win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.This is the best hes ever been, Baffert said.Trainer Jimmy Jerkens also sends out two runners: Effinex, last years runner-up in the Classic behind American Pharoah, and Shaman Ghost, who upset Frosted in the Woodward.Effinex drew the rail, exactly where Jerkens did not want him.Id rather have Effinex outside, Jerkens said. He doesnt like being in the gate too long.Frosted finished fifth behind California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup, but after returning to the United States, he turned in one of the most impressive races of the year in the Met Mile. He is 1-for-2 since then, with both races around two turns, and has looked good here this week.Were not sure which Frosted is going to show up, said his trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin. We hope its the one from the Met Mile. Hes doing fabulous.Melatonin has not run since June but is unbeaten in four starts at Santa Anita, including twice at 1-1/4 miles this year.Keen Ice is 0-for-6 since his upset of American Pharoah in last years Travers. This is his second start following a six-month layoff and a switch to trainer Todd Pletcher.Win the Space has finished in the money in major stakes behind California Chrome and Melatonin this year.War Story, beaten more than 22 lengths at 136-1 in the Pacific Classic, looks overmatched again. cheap falcons jerseys cheap ravens jerseys cheap bills jerseys cheap bears jerseys cheap bengals jerseys cheap cowboys jerseys cheap lions jerseys cheap texans jerseys cheap colts jerseys cheap jaguars jerseys cheap chiefs jerseys cheap rams jerseys cheap dolphins jerseys cheap vikings jerseys cheap saints jerseys cheap giants jerseys cheap jets jerseys cheap eagles jerseys cheap steelers jerseys cheap 49ers jerseys ' ' '

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