In an epic battle on July 7, Murray became the first British male to win the historic tournament at the All England Club in 77 years.
While that accomplishment has made him a national hero, he still has plenty of work to put in if he desires to ascend to No. 1 for the first time in his career.
Murray commented on the difficulty of achieving that lofty goal, as recorded by the Associated Press (via Tennis.com):
It's a tough one for me, because right now I've won two Slams and ... (won) the Olympic gold, and I'm nowhere near being No. 1. I don't know exactly why that is. I would rather not get to No. 1 and win more Grand Slams, than never win another Grand Slam and get to No. 1. I'd rather try to win more Slams.
While the ranking system can certainly be unfair at times, Murray will almost certainly reach the peak if he continues his string of success at the biggest tournaments.
Roger Federer certainly knows a thing or two about No. 1, as the Swiss superstar has spent a record 302 total weeks at the top during his epic career.
Unfortunately, Father Time is catching up to the 31-year-old, and his second-round exit at Wimbledon has seen him drop to No. 5, his worst ranking in over a decade.
According to the AP (via USA Today), it is the lowest ranking for the legend since a fortnight prior to the first of his record 17 Grand Slam victories—Wimbledon 2003.
David Ferrer capitalized on Fed’s fall, as the Spanish sensation rose to a career-high No. 3 after appearing in the finals of Roland Garros and quarterfinals of SW19.