World number two, Andy Murray has set his sights on overtaking Novak Djokovic as the world’s top-ranked player.
Two-time Wimbledon champion, Murray says the world number one ranking is a big motivation for him- as that remains a position he has so far not attained in his career.
“Trying to reach number one is a goal,” said Murray, who is currently 4,695 points behind Djokovic.
“I’ve never been [top]. It’s something I would like to do for the first time, which is maybe more of a motivation for me than some of the guys that have been there before.
“But I want to just try and finish this year strong from a personal point of view. It’s been my best season to date, and I want to try to finish it as best as I can.”
Murray’s immediate assignment is the China Open in Beijing, where he takes on Italian, Andreas Seppi in his opening match on Tuesday.
The top-ranked Djokovic has eased off his impeccable best since winning the French Open in June.
He lost to Sam Querrey in the third round at Wimbledon, before suffering an opening round defeat to Juan Martin del Potro at the Olympics. Djokovic was also beaten by Stan Wawrinka in the final of the US Open.
Injuries have also played their part in a disappointing second half of the year, and he will miss at the China Open because of an elbow injury, leaving Murray with a chance to further close the gap between the two.