No. 1 Hopeful Murray Opens Play Wednesday In Vienna Against Klizan; RBA, Pouille Fall

by Staff | October 26th, 2016, 12:01 am
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Andy Murray resumes his bid for the No. 1 ranking Wednesday when he opens play in Vienna against Martin Klizan. Murray is within striking distance of the idle Djokovic who holds about at 1,000 point lead in the 2016 ATP race.

“This would be my best chance to finish No. 1,” said Murray.. “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.

“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 has caught fire the last few months and recently has won his last 10 matches and 20 straight sets sweeping the China events in Beijing and Shanghai.

Earlier today, both Roberto Bautista Agut and Lucas Pouille had their hopes for an ATP Finals berth damaged and they lose openers.

But Dominic Thiem, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer all advanced.

CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
S. Robert (FRA) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
J. Isner (USA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
Not Before 4:30 pm
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs M. Klizan (SVK)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[WC] K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [Q] N. Basilashvili (GEO)
[WC] D. Novak (AUT) / D. Thiem (AUT) vs [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

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