Andy Murray has been crowned as the number one tennis player in the world, and he is surely in the reckoning now to be known as one of the greatest sports stars Great Britain has ever produced.
The Scot is the first Briton to be top of the pile since computerised rankings were introduced in 1975 and his form has been absolutely outstanding this year.
Murray has won 46 out of his last 49 matches and has fully taken advantage of a downturn in Novak Djokovic’s form.
That level of consistency is beyond belief and he deserves to be at the top.
In any other era, Murray would have been number one a lot sooner, but Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic are among the greatest players who have ever taken part in the sport.
The fact that he was even considered among those players is testament to his undoubted ability, but Murray himself wants to be known as one of the sport’s greats, and he is certainly on his way to achieving that.
His Wimbledon success in 2012 will go down as one of the iconic moments in the sporting history of this country as he became the first men’s singles winner of the title from these shores since Fred Perry in 1936.
For him to have reclaimed the same championship this year was another sterling achievement but his success in the Olympics have also been outstanding.
Two gold medals in a row against firstly Roger Federer in London 2012, and then Juan Martin del Potro in Brazil earlier this year shows how consistent he has been over a long period of time.
It is clear that being part of a team is something that matters dearly to Murray, and that is what makes him stand out.
The Davis Cup is another trophy that has not been in the cabinet for decades, and while the team did put in some great efforts to win that title, it was undoubtedly Murray’s class that was the main driving force behind Britain winning it.
Congratulations Andy Murray – number one is a fully deserved accolade to add to his already-impressive tally.