Andy Murray targeting Novak Djokovic’s No1 spot after Wimbledon glory

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Andy Murray, still high on the thrill of winning Wimbledon for the second time, said on Monday that he has decided to hunt down Novak Djokovic for the No1 ranking in world tennis.

“It’s definitely a goal,” he said at the scene of his triumph before a day of interviews after defeating Milos Raonic in straight sets on Sunday.

Murray picked up 2,000 ATP ranking points, as well as £2m in prize money, to edge closer to Djokovic, who lost here in the third round but remains 4,845 points clear of the Scot on 15,040.

“Before when I won here [for the first time in 2013], I was genuinely motivated solely really by the slams,” Murray said. “I think my results for the rest of the tournaments showed that – whereas now I feel a lot more motivated throughout the whole year and at all of the events.”

It is clear the reunion with his coach Ivan Lendl a few weeks ago, after a separation of more than two years, has had a lot to do with his shift in ambition.

Murray said: “It’s something I spoke to my team about, something I chatted to Ivan about. I would love to get to No1, for sure, and the way to do that is to show up every week and be focused on that event.

“Before, sometimes maybe a couple of weeks before the US Open, my mind was already in New York. I wasn’t thinking about that week, maybe in Cincinnati or something like that.

“I was distracted by the major event that was coming up because that was what really motivated me. Now I feel quite different about that throughout the year.” He conceded the obvious point that Djokovic is still the best player in the world, but he has renewed expectations now of winning more slams.

“Novak is still clearly No1 in the world right now, he is not just going to go away because he has had one bad tournament,” he said. “You can’t forget what he has done in the last 18 months or so – it has been incredible. This has been a great tournament for me but, if I want to win a few slams over the next few years, I am going to have to get better. I know that he will come back strong from this because of the player he is.”

Murray, firmly established now in the nation’s affections, will be a candidate for other honours, including the one he has won twice, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year – and maybe even a knighthood.

It was strongly rumoured that he was in discussions before the last round of Queen’s Birthday Honours – but it was his brother, Jamie, who picked up a gong there, receiving the OBE.

Murray also said he has not ruled out playing for Great Britain against Serbia this week in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup, although it is more likely he will travel there purely to support the players with whom he won the competition for the first time in 79 years last November.

He was due to have further discussions with Lendl, the rest of his own team and the Great Britain captain, Leon Smith, before making a final decision – which he could take as late as an hour before the selections have to be finalised on Thursday afternoon, according to a spokesperson for the Lawn Tennis Association.

Murray revealed that among the many callers to congratulate him after his win was his former coach Amélie Mauresmo, who quit in May after two years but without helping him add to his two slams.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Kevin Mitchell, for The Guardian on Monday 11th July 2016 22.00 Europe/London

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