Mur­ray aims to close in on top rank­ing

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

ANDY Mur­ray is hop­ing to cap his strong sea­son with a late-sea­son run at No­vak Djokovic’s long-held num­ber one rank­ing as he ar­rived in Bei­jing yes­ter­day. Six-time China Open win­ner Djokovic is not in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal to de­fend his al­most flaw­less tour­na­ment record, af­ter an el­bow in­jury picked up ear­lier in the sea­son forced him to with­draw.

But there are plenty of late-sea­son points on the table – all of which the Ser­bian is de­fend­ing af­ter a stel­lar 2015 – open­ing the door for the Scot to sum­mit the rank­ings by the year end.

If Mur­ray – who skipped Bei­jing last year – can scoop his fifth ti­tle of the sea­son at the China Open, he would close the 4695 point gap be­tween him and the num­ber one by 1000 points.

“I think ob­vi­ously try­ing to reach num­ber one is a goal,” Mur­ray told re­porters in Bei­jing.

“It’s some­thing I would like to do for the first time, which is maybe more of a mo­ti­va­tion for me than some of the guys that have been there be­fore.”

Mur­ray bagged his sec­ond Wim­ble­don crown and Olympic gold medal this sea­son.

He also reached the fi­nal of the Aus­tralian and French Opens, but missed out on a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Davis Cup win, los­ing to Ar­gentina.

“It’s been my best sea­son to date, and I want to try to fin­ish it as best as I can,” Mur­ray said in Bei­jing.

The Ser­bian has main­tained an iron-fisted grip on the world num­ber one since July 2014 but made sur­prise early ex­its at Wim­ble­don and the Olympics, with­draw­ing with in­jury from the Cincinnati Open in Au­gust.

There were con­cerns that in­jury could cloud his US Open cam­paign, but the 12-time Grand Slam cham­pion made his seventh fi­nal at Flush­ing Mead­ows where he lost to Stan Wawrinka.

Mur­ray will play 94th-ranked Ital­ian An­dreas Seppi in the first round of the China Open. The Scot has come out tops in their last seven meets.

Photo:AFP

Bri­tain’s Andy Mur­ray ar­rived yes­ter­day in Bei­jing, hop­ing to close the gap be­tween him­self and long-time world num­ber one No­vak Djokovic at the China Open.

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