Andy Murray reiterated again yesterday that the Davis Cup finals against Belgium are his No. 1 priority this fall. The Scot who beat John Isner today in three sets 67, 64, 64 in Shanghai, is still uncertain on his decision to play the prestigious ATP Finals in London next month.
Murray’s concern is going from a indoor hardcourt in London to a clay surface in Ghent with maybe less than a week of prep time.
“My back has given me trouble on switching surfaces,” Murray said. “I’ve been very open about that in the past. I was open about it after the Davis Cup. You know, I have to do what’s best for me. If everything goes well and my back feels good training on the clay beforehand, then I’ll be there at the O2. It’s a tournament I enjoy playing and it’s a nice reward for the hard work you put in throughout the year.
“But, you know, the Davis Cup is my main priority between that and the end of the year. I want to make sure I’m fit and healthy for that.”
Less importantly, Murray is battling Roger Federer for the year-end No. 2 ranking. Murray leads the Swiss at the moment in the Race.
“All of the players on the tour would like to get to No. 1 in the world,” Murray said. “Obviously this year I have a good chance to finish at No. 2, which would be the first time for me. This year, although I’m a long way behind Novak in the rankings, a few matches can change that significantly. Grand Slam semifinals and finals, they’re the matches that are for big, big points. That’s something, if I want to get to No. 1 in the world, I need to win a couple more of them. So hopefully next year I’ll be able to do that.”
Murray also added that coach Amelie Mauresmo will return to the team for 2016 after baby duties the second half of the season.
Murray plays Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
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