Andy Murray - how tennis star became a British sporting great

At one time Andy Murray was seen by many as a dour Scotsman, but now he’s a much-loved British sporting hero. Chris Bond charts his rise.

Andy Murray celebrates winning the championship during day eight of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2, London. (Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire)

Andy Murray hopes his feats inspire top-spot rivals

Andy Murray is hoping all his big rivals will offer him competition for the No 1 ranking in 2017.

World No 1 Andy Murray poses with the trophy after winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2, London (Picture: Adam Davy/PA).

Andy Murray stands on top of the world

Andy Murray stands proudly on top of the tennis world after beating Novak Djokovic to win the ATP World Tour Finals and clinch the year-end world No 1 ranking.

Andy Murray celebrates victory at the O2 Arena, London (PA)

Andy Murray digs deep to reach World Tour Finals showpiece

Andy Murray fought with gritted teeth and weary limbs to hold onto his number one dreams and reach his first final at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Andy Murray in action in his match with Stan Wawrinka.

Murray brothers doubling up in pursuit of landing No 1 rankings

The perfect finish to the Murray family’s remarkable year is tantalisingly close.

Andy Murray reacts during the tie-break in the first set during his match against Kei Nishikori.

Murray in marathon victory over Nishikori

Andy Murray admitted a final clash with Novak Djokovic for the No 1 ranking would be the perfect finish to the season, and a dramatic victory over Kei Nishikori kept him on course for just that.

Andy Murray celebrates a point on his way to victory over Marin Cilic (Picture: John Walton/PA Wire).

Andy Murray responds to crowd’s ovation to open first event as world No 1 in style

Andy Murray received a standing ovation after marking his first match as world No 1 with victory over Marin Cilic at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his match against Austria's Dominic Thiem during day one of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London. Picture: Adam Davy/PA

Grand finale: Jonas Bjorkman plotting downfall of former pupil Andy Murray in London

Jonas Bjorkman could not be happier to see Andy Murray on top of the tennis world but that will not stop him plotting the Scot’s downfall today.

World No 1 Andy Murray gets in some practice at The O2, London. Picture: Steve Paston/PA

Andy Murray targets top finish to season in London grand finale

Five days into his reign as world No 1, Andy Murray already has his sights set on the next challenge.

YP Comment: A tennis titan

YP Comment: A tennis titan

WHO would have thought it? The scrawny and surly teenager without the stamina to compete against the very best finally becoming the world’s number one tennis player to add to his titles in the past year which have included the Davis Cup, Wimbledon and the Olympics – the sport’s greatest prizes.

TOP DOG: Andy Murrayon his way to beating John Isner in the final of the Paris Masters tennis tournament  in Paris. Picture: AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Leading man Andy Murray’s view from the summit is trained on London

WORLD No 1 Andy Murray says he he will focus on maintaining his performance levels rather than on ending the year in top spot.

TOP DOG: Andy Murray holds up his finger to show he is No 1 in the world after winning the final of the Paris Masters. Picture: AP/Michel Euler

POLL: – How does Andy Murray compare with previous world No 1 stars?

Andy Murray has become the 26th man to be ranked world No 1 in tennis since the system began in 1973.

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Andy Murray holds the trophy after winning the final of the Paris Masters tennis tournament against John Isner in Paris. Picture: AP/Michel Euler

On top of the world: Andy Murray seals his new-found status in winning style in Paris

ANDY MURRAY celebrated his rise to the top of the world rankings by beating John Isner 6-3 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 in a hard-fought BNP Paribas Masters final in Paris.

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Andy Murray on top of world rankings following Milos Raonic withdrawal at Paris Masters

Great Britain’s Andy Murray has reached the top of tennis’ world rankings for the first time.

Britain's Andy Murray.

The race for No 1: Andy Murray stands one win away from top spot

ANDY MURRAY stands one more win away from being crowned world No 1 for the first time after a straight-sets victory over Tomas Berdych at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

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Topping the rankings not a priority, insists Andy Murray after second round win at Paris Masters

Top seed Novak Djokovic claimed a hard-fought comeback victory over Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarter-finals at the BNP Paribas Masters.

Britain's Andy Murray.

Andy Murray survives Paris Masters scare to keep No 1 Novak Djokovic in his sights

Andy Murray survived a stern examination of his aspiration to be world No 1 from Fernando Verdasco to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Masters.

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ALMOST THERE: Andy Murray. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

‘The rankings don’t lie’, as Andy Murray chases world No 1 spot

This week’s Paris Masters may be the last tournament for a while in which Andy Murray has to look at the bottom half of the draw.

Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the trophy amidst a shower of conafter winning the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament in Vienna, Austria on Sunday (AP/Ronald Zak

Verdasco now standing in way of Andy Murray’s attempt to become the world’s leading man

Andy Murray must overcome Fernando Verdasco at the BNP Paribas Masters if he is to maintain his bid to become world No 1.

Andy Murray returns  to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the final of the Erste Bank Open  AP/Ronald Zak

Vienna victory sees Andy Murray take further step towards No 1 spot

Andy Murray took a step closer to overtaking Novak Djokovic as world No 1 by winning his third successive title at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

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