Murray ready for no.1 bid
Andy Murray knows full well the hurdles he must overcome if he is to replace Novak Djokovic as the World No. 1 over the next few weeks. He is only 915 points behind Djokovic (10,600) in the Emirates ATP Race to London.
There are multiple scenarios where Murray could become the 26th player in ATP World Tour history to attain the top spot over the next few weeks. However, Murray has it in his own hands if he captures the Erste Bank Open 500 and BNP Paribas Masters titles and Djokovic fails to reach the Paris final.
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The Emirates ATP Race To London will mirror the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, 7 November, following the conclusion of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris. Djokovic has spent a total of 222 weeks at No. 1 in three stints, including his current run of 121 consecutive weeks. The 29-year-old Murray is bidding to become the oldest first-time No. 1 since John Newcombe, at 30 years of age, on 3 June 1974.
“This would be my best chance to finish No. 1,” said Murray, at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna. “But I’m still far from doing that, as Novak has a pretty big points lead. He normally plays extremely well on indoor hard courts and has played great in London, whereas I haven’t played so well there – in fact I’ve struggled a little bit. I will need to make some improvements, if I want to get close to doing that.”
Murray has compiled a 65-9 match record on the 2016 season, including six titles from 10 finals. He is 52-5, since losing to Rafael Nadal in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters semi-finals on 16 April.
“When you talk about getting to No. 1, it’s not about individual tournaments, but a 12-month period,” said Murray. “I want to be consistent and get to the latter stages of as many tournaments as possible. I’ve done that over the past few months and obviously I will try to do that over the next few tournaments. It’s not about one event, it’s about a total season of 17-18 tournaments. It’s whoever performs best over them, who will get there. Right now, that’s Novak, but I will try my best to get there.”
Murray’s coach, Ivan Lendl, had won 33 tour-level titles prior to becoming No. 1 for the first time on 28 February 1983. Murray, who has spent a total of 75 weeks at No. 2 during his career, recorded his 41st title triumph at the Shanghai Rolex Masters earlier this month.
“Anyone, at what they do, would obviously love to get there,” said Murray. “A few years ago, I’d never won a Grand Slam. I was always getting asked, ‘When are you going to win a Grand Slam?’ It wasn’t so much about getting to World No. 1. Now that I’ve won a few Grand Slams, for myself it would be a nice thing to achieve and for my team too. A lot of my team has worked with me since the start of my career on the tour.
“The past few months have gone extremely well for me. I will try to do my best at these next few tournaments and give it all I’ve got to get there.”