Mur­ray wants to leave no stone un­turned

World No.1 has his sights sets on ATP fi­nals in Lon­don

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Hav­ing taken No­vak Djokovic’s world No.1 rank­ing and his Paris Mas­ters ti­tle, Andy Mur­ray will try to grab an­other of his friend and ri­val’s crowns at the ATP Fi­nals. Mur­ray has never won the sea­son-end­ing tour­na­ment, but heads to Lon­don this week full of con­fi­dence af­ter win­ning the Paris Mas­ters fi­nal against John Is­ner on Sun­day.

“The last few years I haven’t played so well [at the ATP fi­nals],” said Mur­ray. “I do think play­ing in front of a home crowd helps. It makes a dif­fer­ence, so hope­fully I’ll be able to per­form a bit bet­ter this year.”

Mur­ray has won his past four tour­na­ments and a ca­reer high eight this year.

“No one would have ex­pected what I have done the last few months,” he added. “I don’t re­ally know if it’s sunk in or not.” Three big ti­tles he has yet to win are still held by Djokovic: the ATP fi­nals, the Aus­tralian Open and the French Open.

This year, Djokovic beat Mur­ray in grand slam fi­nals at the Aus­tralian Open in three sets and at Roland Gar­ros in four.

“I’d love to win the Aus­tralian Open. It’s the next ma­jor goal, be­cause I have been close a num­ber of times,” said Mur­ray. “I have never quite done it.”

Mur­ray will be the favourite when the fi­nals be­gin on Sun­day.

He is the only Bri­tish player to hold the top spot since the rank­ings be­gan in 1973, and the old­est first-time No.1 since John New­combe at 30 in 1974.

In terms of grand slam ti­tles Mur­ray has three, Djokovic 12, Rafael Nadal 14 and Fed­erer is all-time leader with 17.

“Put him in any other era, he prob­a­bly has more grand slams,” Is­ner said of Mur­ray.

Djokovic, who is one week younger than Mur­ray, leads him 24-10; Nadal leads Mur­ray by 17-7; and Fed­erer’s up 14-11.

That, along with some back surgery, helps ex­plain why Mur­ray has won fewer ti­tles than his main ri­vals.

The Paris win was Mur­ray’s 43rd – of which 14 are Mas­ters. Fed­erer, six years older than Mur­ray, has 88 ti­tles (24 Mas­ters), Nadal has 69 (28 Mas­ters) and Djokovic 66 (a record 30 in Mas­ters).

With Nadal strug­gling with in­juries and Fed­erer ag­ing, it could Mur­ray’s time to shine.

I AM COM­ING FOR YOU: Mur­ray has slowly scaled the ATP sum­mit and will def­i­nitely not let go of it with­out a fight

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