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World No.3 Andy Murray has guaranteed he will rise to No.2 in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings, after defeating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6(8).
The Scot has broken Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s four-year dominance at the top of the men’s game. Murray will become the first player other than Federer or Nadal to rank No.2 since July 18, 2005.
“It’s great,” said Murray. “In terms of rankings [it is] the biggest step I’ve made so far. I played consistently well this year, so bar winning a [Grand] Slam, I’ve done enough to justify being [No.] 2, and getting closer to hopefully one day becoming No. 1 is one of my goals. I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to this stage, and I keep working hard to go one step farther.”