The 15 steps of Andy Murray's long route to become tennis' world number one

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Andy Murray has beaten Novak Djokovic and won the ATP World Tour Finals in London to stay as the number one player in the world - something he will carry into 2017.

The 29-year-old Scot becomes the 26th man to reach the top of the men's standings since the system began in 1973.

Murray with trophy
(Adam Davy/PA)

He's got a long road ahead of him if he wants to hold the top spot as long as previous number ones - such as the longest standing Roger Federer with 302 total weeks at the top. However, he becomes the first player other than Djokovic, Federer or Rafael Nadal to hold the position since Andy Roddick in 2004.

So how has Murray reach this point? We take a look at the key events which brought him here.

1. US Open junior title (September 2004)

Andy Murray with boys title
(David Duprey/AP)

Victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky at the age of 17 cemented his position as Britain's brightest hope.

2. First ATP Tour final (September 2005)

Andy Murray playing tennis in 2004
(Kathy Willens/AP)

Murray reached the final of the Thailand Open before losing to Roger Federer.

3. Maiden ATP Tour title (February 2006)

Murray and Roddick
(Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Victory over Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt gave Murray the title in San Jose and a place in the top 50.

4. Top-10 debut (April 2007)

Andy Murray, of Great Britain
(Elise Amendola/AP)

Murray breaks into the top 10 for the first time after reaching the semi-finals of the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami. He lost in the semi-final to a rather young looking Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic celebrates
(Mark J Terrill/AP)

5. US Open breakthrough (September 2008)

Andy Murray, of Britain, holds up his second place trophy
(Kathy Willens/AP)

Murray beat Rafael Nadal for the first time when they met in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows. Federer was a class act in the final however, overpowering the 21-year-old Murray.

Federer with US open trophy
(Charles Krupa/AP)

6. First Wimbledon final (July 2012)

Murray and Federer
(AP)

Murray ended the 74-year wait for a British men's singles Wimbledon finalist but again was unable to make the next step, losing in four sets to - that man again - Federer.

Federer kissing Wimbledon trophy
(Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

Roger shouldn't have got quite so comfortable with the win though...

7. Olympic gold (August 2012)

Murray afvter winning Olympic gold
(Elise Amendola/AP)

Murray bounced back with a 6-2 6-1 6-4 victory against Federer at Wimbledon in the Olympic final before partnering Laura Robson to silver in the mixed doubles.

No hard feelings Roger.

Murray and Federer
(Victor R Caivano/AP)

8. A grand slam title, at last (September 2012)

Murray with trophy
(Mike Groll/AP)

Buoyed by Olympic success, Murray reached the final of the US Open. From two sets up against Novak Djokovic, he was pegged back, but the Scot found something extra and triumphed in five.

Murray and Djokovic
(Julio Cortez/AP)

9. Wimbledon glory (July 2013)

Murray reacts to winning
(Anja Niedringhaus/AP)

Murray survived a nerve-shredding last game to clinch a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win against world number one Djokovic to finally end Fred Perry's 77-year reign as the last home men's singles champion.

Murray with Wimbledon trophy
(Jonathan Brady/PA)

10. Davis Cup heroics (November 2015)

Murray hoisted up by teammates
(Andrew Milligan/PA)

Of all Murray's successes, guiding Britain to the Davis Cup title was the most unlikely. The Scot won 11 of Britain's 12 points, including three in doubles with brother Jamie.

Great Britain's Andy Murray holds aloft the Davis Cup
(Andrew Milligan/PA)

11. Fifth Melbourne final (January 2016)

Andy Murray behind Djokovic
(Andrew Brownbill/AP)

Murray's search for an elusive Australian Open title goes on after his fourth final loss to Djokovic.

12. French Open final (June 2016)

Murray between Djokovic and Adriano Panatta
(Christophe Ena/AP)

Having turned himself into one of the world's best clay-courters, Murray completed his set of slam finals by reaching the decider in Paris but the result was familiar - defeat by Djokovic.

13. Second Wimbledon title (July 2016)

Murray celebrates win
(Kaname Muto/AP)

Murray stamped his class on proceedings against first-time slam finalist Milos Raonic to triumph 6-4 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/2) and claim his third grand slam title.

Move over Federer and Djokovic, this was Murray's turn to be getting cosy with that trophy.

Murray with trophy
(Steve Paston/PA)

14. Olympic gold again (August 2016)

Andy Murray with his gold medal
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

As part of a career-best run of 22 straight victories, Murray became the first tennis player to retain an Olympic singles title with a gruelling victory over Juan Martin del Potro in Rio.

Murray and Del Potro
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

15. World number one (November 2016)

Andy Murray celebrates after defeating John Isner
(Christophe Ena/AP)

Murray reaches the final of the Paribas Masters in Paris after his semi-final opponent Milos Raonic withdraws due to injury. Murray went on to beat John Isner 6-3 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 in the final.

Finally, Murray's win at the ATP World Tour finals this weekend cemented his position at the top of world tennis.

Murray with ATP trophy
(Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

Muzza. We salute you.