No time to re­lax for king of the world Mur­ray

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ANDY MUR­RAY in­sisted he was tak­ing noth­ing for granted go­ing into the Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don next week after over­tak­ing No­vak Djokovic as the new world No. 1.

The 29-year-old cel­e­brated his corona­tion by claim­ing a 14th Masters 1000 ti­tle on Sun­day with a 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 vic­tory over Amer­i­can John Is­ner in Paris.

His ca­reer-best eighth tour­na­ment win of the sea­son came just a day after Mur­ray be­came the first Bri­tish player to top the rank­ings since the sys­tem was in­tro­duced in 1973.

“It might only be for one week. So I might as well try and en­joy it be­cause I could lose it at the Tour Fi­nals and never be there again,” said Mur­ray.

He moves 405 points above Djokovic in the lat­est rank­ings, but the Serb could re­gain his place at the top if he goes un­de­feated to land a fifth straight Tour Fi­nals crown.

“I wasn’t think­ing so much about the cush­ion or any­thing like that at the top. I’m ob­vi­ously happy I got there. It would be nice to fin­ish the year No. 1, but I’m happy that I man­aged to get there,” added Mur­ray.

The Scot has strug­gled in Lon­don of late, ex­it­ing at the round robin group stage twice after miss­ing the 2013 event through in­jury.

“The last cou­ple of years have been tough there for me. So, yeah, ob­vi­ously I want to try and play my best ten­nis there.

“It’s not nec­es­sar­ily about win­ning. I just want to play my best and fin­ish the year on a good note in that re­spect, be­cause some of the years it has been tough for me there.

“So hope­fully I can play some good ten­nis there. I will take a few days’ break now, and rest up a lit­tle bit and get ready for one big push out of the next 10 days.”

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