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Andy Murray on the brink of No.1 ranking

Press AssociationPress Association 4/11/2016

Andy Murray stands one win from being crowned world No.1 for the first time after a straight-sets victory over Tomas Berdych at the Paris Masters.

The 29-year-old Murray is set to become the second-oldest player to debut at No.1 behind Australian great John Newcombe, who achieved the feat aged 30 in June, 1974.

Murray saved seven points in an extraordinary second set tie-break before eventually going on to overcome the Czech 7-6 (11-9) 7-5 and book his place in the semi-finals.

Victory on Saturday over his next opponent - either Milos Raonic or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - will be enough to lift Murray to the summit after current rankings leader Novak Djokovic suffered a shock straight-sets loss to Marin Cilic.

Djokovic was far from his best on super-fast carpet and was beaten 6-4 7-6 (2), his first loss against the former US Open champion in 15 clashes.

"I wasn't on the level that I could have been on," Djokovic said.

"I was also, in this kind of circumstances and with this level of play, in a good position to take the match into the third set, and then two double faults.

"Just in important moments I wasn't able to deliver. He is a deserved winner."

If he wins the title, Murray, who has spent 76 weeks at No. 2, will become the 26th player to reach No. 1 since the rankings started in 1973.

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