Andy Murray finally reached the summit of men’s tennis on Saturday – without hitting a ball.
The Dunblane star knocked Novak Djokovic from the top of the rankings after his scheduled opponent in the semi-final of the Paris Masters, Miloa Raonic, withdrew from the competition.
Murray will now face John Isner in Sunday’s final.
Djokovic had been the men’s number one for 122 weeks.
Murray, 29, becomes Britain’s – and Scotland’s – first-ever top ranked male tennis player.
As well as reaching number one, this year Murray has also reclaimed his Wimbledon title and won a second Olympic gold.
Raonic, who Murray beat in this year’s Wimbledon final, withdrew before Saturday’s scheduled semi-final because of a leg injury.
Andy’s mum Judy posted this message on Twitter shortly after it was confirmed her son would be the new world number one when the new rankings are issued on Monday.
You've come a long way baby 1️⃣❤️ pic.twitter.com/VEIVl6NsxA
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) November 5, 2016
Twitter was soon flooded with other messages celebrating Murray’s success.
— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) November 5, 2016
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Tweeted:
He's done it!! Andy Murray is officially the best tennis player in the world. What an incredible achievement. Congratulations #numberone
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) November 5, 2016
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) November 5, 2016
Some former players also chipped in.
Congrats to @andy_murray on being the new world number 1! Much deserved accomplishment for him, and glad he got there. Long time coming !
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) November 5, 2016
By the end of the day Andy Murray will be the new world number 1. Incredible effort & well deserved. Britain's best ever male player
— Greg Rusedski (@GregRusedski1) November 5, 2016