After his 2-week China sweep of Beijing and Shanghai, Andy Murray stands just 915 ranking points from Novak Djokovic and the rankings race lead for No. 1.
Murray, who’s never been No. 1, will play Vienna next week and then the Paris Masters before the ATP Finals next month. Meanwhile, Djokovic is expected to only play in Paris.
Should Murray win Vienna and then outplay defending champion Djokovic in Paris, the Scot could take the Race lead and grab the overall 52-week No. 1 ranking heading into the Finals.
“I still have to win three, four tournaments,” Murray said Sunday in Shanghai. “That’s not an easy thing to do. I have never had success like I have had the last few months in my career, so, you know, to keep that going, I’m aware it’s going to be a difficult thing to do. I need to keep myself motivated and be smart with my schedule and my time off, as well.
“But I believe I can get there. I definitely believe I can get there. You know, these last few months have proved that to me.
“And, yeah, I’ll give it my best shot to do it, because I may never get another chance. I may never get another chance to be No. 1, so I’ll give it my best shot to do that while I have the opportunity.”
Last year Murray made the finals in Paris losing the Djokovic. And he’s never made it beyond the semifinals at the ATP Finals in London.
“What matters is what my priorities are,” Murray said. “And right now I just want to finish these next few tournaments this year as best as I can. I have never played particularly well at the O2 in London. You know, normally in Paris I hadn’t played that well until last year, but I do like indoor conditions usually.”
ATP Race Rankings
1 Novak Djokovic 10,600
2 Andy Murray 9,685
ATP 52-Week Rankings
1 Novak Djokovic 12,900
2 Andy Murray 10,485
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