Mur­ray edges close to No. 1 rank­ing

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Vi­enna: Andy Mur­ray moved one step closer to be­com­ing world num­ber one by beat­ing Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga 6-3 7-6 (8-6) in the Erste Bank Open in Vi­enna. The Scot, 29, as­serted his dom­i­nance in the first set against French­man Tsonga in his 78th sin­gles match of the year. But he faced a re­vived Tsonga in the sec­ond, need­ing a tie-break to win it. The Bri­ton will re­place No­vak Djokovic as num­ber one by win­ning next week’s Paris Masters, pro­vided Djokovic does not reach the fi­nal.

Mur­ray will also take top spot if he reaches the Paris fi­nal and Djokovic falls be­fore the semi-fi­nals. Three times a Grand Slam win­ner and twice Olympic cham­pion, Mur­ray has never been top of the world rank­ings. “I get a step closer with ev­ery win but it’s still a long way from here,” he said. BBC he’ll prove his worth to boxing fans. Var­gas said that he’s ex­cited that Pac­quiao looked great in his last out­ing against Ti­mothy Bradley - that way when he beats him he’ll get the full credit he de­serves. “Manny Pac­quiao’s best per­for­mance against Ti­mothy Bradley in his three fights was in his last fight,” Var­gas said. “It was only a few months ago and I’m happy he was able to give that per­for­mance. That way peo­ple can still see when I de­feat Manny Pac­quiao I will de­feat a good Manny Pac­quiao that is still per­form­ing at the high­est level. That’s the Manny Pac­quiao I want to beat.”

Var­gas (27-1, 10 KOs) ap­pears to be rid­ing high af­ter his knock­out win over Sadam Ali for the va­cant WBO title back in March. More­over, he says he’s not at all phased by be­ing in the ring with a sure-fire Hall of Famer who is the favourite to win. In fact, Var­gas be­lieves he has many ad­vanatage over Pac­quiao head­ing into this fight, and he an­tic­i­pates us­ing them all to get the win him­self. RingTV

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