Murray wants to leave no stone unturned
World No.1 has his sights sets on ATP finals in London
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