Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 -

ANDY MUR­RAY is hop­ing a strong fin­ish to the year can help him have a shot at the world No.1 rank­ing in 2013.

The Scot who won his maiden grand slam ti­tle at the US Open last month, is third in the world be­hind Roger Fed­erer and No­vak Djokovic but has set his sights firmly on top spot.

Mur­ray, who to­day faces Ger­man Flo­rian Mayer in his open­ing match at the Shang­hai Masters, said: “There’s a few tour­na­ments be­tween now and the end of the year I’d like to do well at and I al­ways en­joy play­ing here.

“I’ll try to do as well as I can be­tween now and the end of the year. If I do that, there’s a pos­si­bil­ity to get to No.1 next year.

“I think get­ting to No.1 in the world, that’s more a re­ward for play­ing very good tennis throughout the whole sea­son at ev­ery tour­na­ment you play.

“You need to fo­cus more on the process and not so much just ‘num­ber one, num­ber one’.

“The next grand slam in Aus­tralia is ob­vi­ously a fo­cus that would be not that far away – but I would say it’s more of a long-term goal.”

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