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Meanies would argue that Murray has taken over the No.1 ranking this week – the first Briton to reach the summit – only because the three players who were better than him for so long finally vacated it, a tennis equivalent of John, Paul and George giving Ringo a rare turn at the mic.Roger Federer, the 17-time major champion who this week dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2002, long had the measure of Murray, beating him in three Grand Slam finals, but is now a largely spent force at age 35 .The top ranking, then, doesn't change the fact that Murray is still "only," a word that seems uncharitable in the circumstances, the fourth-best player in what has been modern tennis' toughest era.But, in the end, Murray outlasted all-comers. A long journey, with multiple crossroads where Murray could have turned back and convinced himself that Mounts Federer, Nadal and Djokovic were simply too steep.
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