Murray: 'The Rankings Don't Lie'
Brit could take over World No. 1 spot in Paris
After winning seven ATP World Tour titles this season and reaching the final in 10 of his past 11 tournaments, Andy Murray could unseat Novak Djokovic as World No. 1 at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. Although the Serbian has become a familiar face at the top of the Emirates ATP Rankings, the Brit believes his season warrants being in a position to challenge for the spot.
“I do deserve to be there, because the rankings don't lie. It's a long season. We have a lot of mandatory events that pretty much all of the top players play in,” said Murray. “If you're ranked 1 or 2 or 3 or 4, that's where you deserve to be ranked providing you're fit… I have been healthy the whole year, and the last four or five months I have played the best tennis of my career. So I deserve to be ranked No. 2 in the world now and Novak deserves to be No. 1 because of the year that he's had.”
“[Novak] has had a great year with maybe one or two losses that you maybe wouldn't expect,” added Murray. “But he's had an amazing year. Even the last few months, he's been in the US Open final and also won Cincinnati and the semis of Shanghai. He's doing all right.”
But while Murray could become World No. 1 for the first time on 7 November, he doesn’t feel pressure to reach that goal this week. With relatively minimal Emirates ATP Rankings points to defend from February through April, he admitted that 2017 will present a stronger opportunity to take over the top spot.
"It's not in my control. Even if I win all of my matches this week, I still might not get there. It's in Novak's hands. He's ahead now, so if he wins his matches and gets to the latter stages of the last two tournaments, then he'll most likely keep the No. 1 spot,” said Murray. “I don't feel any differently now to how I did six, eight weeks ago. My goal wasn't to finish No. 1 at the end of this year. I wanted to finish this year as strong as possible, and I think there is a lot stronger chance of doing it in the early part of next year, which is what I targeted rather than this week.”