I can still become the best in the world, says Murray after Miami defeat
Andy Murray still believes he can reach the world No 1 spot this year, despite Novak Djokovic showing no signs that he is ready to give it up.
After defeat in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida, the 24-year-old Scot remains a long way from Djokovic, but as the tour prepares to move on to the European clay courts, the new rankings show that both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are within range.
Closing in: Murray is not far off the world's top three
For the first time since October 2009, Murray has more than 8,000 ranking points on the board, yet such is the strength at the top that this is still not enough to gain him a place in the world’s top three.
To do that he must overtake Federer, who is fewer than 1,000 points ahead. Nadal is fewer than 2,000 in front
and, as ever, he has a mass to defend in the next 10 weeks and will slip down if he has any injury or loss of form.
‘At the start of last week everyone was asking me if Roger is about to go back to world No 1, and if he was in his best ever form, yet I am possibly only one good tournament away from overtaking him,’
reasoned Murray in the wake of his loss to Djokovic on Sunday.
‘My goal this year is still to be world No 1, and to do that you’ve got to win Slams, so the two of them go together.
The aim now is to peak for the French Open. A few years ago when I reached the quarters there I felt that was a good result but now I am more confident.’
Murray will stay on in Florida to work for another five days with Ivan Lendl on clay before heading to Monte Carlo via a brief few days at his Surrey home.
Lendl will be with him and he plans a busy clay-court schedule, playing in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome ahead of Roland Garros.
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