Andy Murray closes in on No. 1 ranking after victory in Stockholm

Andy Murray, the world’s No. 1-ranked player, maintained his dominance of the top players in the world this weekend, defeating Milos Raonic on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open.

Murray, who has been embroiled in a longstanding hip injury, reached the quarterfinals at six of the last seven ATP events in 2017. The 35-year-old has claimed his seventh ATP title and the 31st of his career over the weekend, beating Raonic 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday.

Murray was initially troubled by the injury last season, but rebounded to play well at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. However, he was unable to play at the China Open in Beijing in October because of the injury.

Murray’s tournament victory moved him to No. 15 in the world, 12 slots up from his ranking before the injury.

“I’m not making any predictions about coming back this year, or next year,” Murray said on court after his victory. “For the moment, I’m just happy to be competing, happy to be back competing in events like this.”

Two-time Grand Slam champion Raonic is ranked No. 4 in the world and had beaten Murray before, in Rotterdam last year. However, the Canadian had lost in the second round of the World Tour Finals in London on Sunday.

American Jack Sock defeated Alexander Zverev, the No. 5-ranked player in the world, 6-2, 6-4, on Sunday to reach the Stockholm Open quarterfinals.

Sock, a second-year ATP player, was coming off an injury break, and took the victory in just under an hour. He lost in the quarterfinals of the same tournament last year to Sloane Stephens.

Sock will next play either of the opponents in the quarterfinals, Grigor Dimitrov or Pablo Carreno Busta.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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