British number one Andy Murray has become the first British player to record 500 career wins after beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the Miami Open. Murray, seeded three for the Florida event won his 500th match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and became the ninth still competing layers and 46th man to reach this milestone since the beginning of the open era. The win also sees him book his place in the last eight of the event that he has won twice before and he will now face unseeded Dominic Thiem from Austria later today. After a bye in round one he defeated American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2 in round two followed by win against Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4 in the third round.
Murray celebrates his 500 career wins with a giant green cake on court in Miami (source: http://www.bbc.com/sport)
Murray, who made his professional debut back in April 2005 and is currently World Number Four, had earlier surpassed former number British number one Tim Henman’s record of 496 wins when he defeated Feliciano Lopez at the Indian Wells event in California. In his ten years on the professional tennis circuit, Murray 27 has won two Grand Slams and Olympic Gold and Silver medals.
Roger Federer sits at the top of the table with 1,012 matches won by a player still competing but retired five-time US Open Champion Jimmy Connors still has the most career wins with a whopping 1,253. Rafeal Nadal is sitting on 721 and World number one Novak Djokovic is in third place with 625 matches to date.
If you like facts and figures, click here to read BBC.com sport’s round up of Murray’s career to date.