Not just Novak Djokovic: Andy Murray tops another great former No. 1

After Wimbledon, Andy Murray returns to the grass for the rest of the season. The former world number one played on this surface for the first time at a Challenger in Surbiton, UK, where he reached the semifinals before losing to Kudla.

However, the English Open simply served as a springboard for the following two ATP events, the Stuttgart Open and the Queen’s Club Championships. For the first time, he fought his way to an all-German final, defeating opponents like Bublik and Tsitsipas, as well as Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Matteo Berrettini, the reigning champion in Stuttgart after a three-year absence, defeated the Olympic gold medalist in two sets in the final round. Murray withdrew from Queen’s, the tournament in which he holds the most wins, due to a physical injury in the final, and returned to Wimbledon immediately.

The two-time Wimbledon champion made it to the second round of the tournament before losing to American John Isner in straight sets. Murray decided to play on grass again after his loss at the All England Club, and he chose Newport as his venue. In the first two rounds, he won both matches he played there.

Against Purcell from Australia, the winner of three Slam titles set a new record.

Those are Murray’s stats.

Andy Murray beat Purcell in the second round of the Newport International to get victory number 117 on grass, passing Boris Becker’s previous record of 116 triumphs.

Thus, the Briton surpasses two former world number ones: the German and Novak Djokovic, both of whom have 112 victories. In the computation, however, Murray lags behind Serb after winning the past Wimbledon, which improves his statistics as a proportion between wins and matches played on grass.

As a result, it is nearly impossible for Murray or Djokovic to catch grass-court specialist Roger Federer’s career victory total of 192 on grass, which the Swiss has achieved with only 29 losses (and 19 titles) in his career.