Tuesday 16 January 2018

Tennis: Murray wary of chasing top spot

Andy Murray: focus on winning matches. Photo: AP
Andy Murray: focus on winning matches. Photo: AP

US Open champion Andy Murray has said he is wary of becoming too obsessed with raising his ranking to world No 1 for fear that he might lose focus on the day-to-day business of winning matches.

Murray also said that the top spot is out of reach until next season at the earliest, given that he would have to raise his points total of 8,090 by almost 50pc to overhaul Roger Federer (11,805) and Novak Djokovic (10,970).

"It will be very difficult to finish the year as the world No 1 -- I think Novak is too far off and he is guaranteed that," Murray said.

"I think getting to No 1 in the world is more a reward for playing very good tennis throughout the season at pretty much every tournament you play. You need to focus more on the process and not so much just 'No 1, No 1'."

Murray begins his attempt to win a third consecutive Shanghai Masters crown today with a second-round meeting against German Florian Mayer.

Irish Independent

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