Murray’s dou­ble am­bi­tion to be back at No.1

Daily Star Sunday - - PUZZLE ACTOR -

JAMIE MURRAY in­sists the best is still to come in his ca­reer as he tar­gets a re­turn to the dou­bles world No.1 spot.

The Wim­ble­don-based Scot, 32, will open this year’s Nitto ATP World Tour Fi­nals at The O2 to­day with his dou­bles part­ner Bruno Soares.

And like a fine wine, Murray claimed he is get­ting bet­ter with age as he seeks to win the sea­son-end­ing ti­tle for the first time.

“In the next three years I will be at the peak of my ca­reer,” he said. “I think over time, that has shown in the dou­bles game. You see Mike Bryan he is top of the world rank­ings and he is 40.

“Oliver Marach is 38 and he and Mate Pavic have fin­ished as the No.1 team this year. I know that if I keep work­ing hard and stay healthy and fit and mo­ti­vated I can still be play­ing at the top of the game for po­ten­tially an­other five, six or seven years.

“I still want to get back to No.1 and be the best that I can be. It is a big mo­ti­va­tion for me. I want to win more Grand Slams and more Masters se­ries.”

No.4 seeds Murray and Soares have won three ti­tles this sea­son and he will re­unite with the laid-back Brazil­ian for a fourth sea­son next year – the long­est dou­bles partnership of his ca­reer.

But the Davis Cup win­ner would like to fin­ish his ca­reer in tan­dem with his brother Andy.

“That would be re­ally cool for me,” he said. “We have had some amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences play­ing one-off matches and one-off tour­na­ments.

“But the ball is ob­vi­ously in his court for that one. We will see how he goes.” NEIL McLE­MAN

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