Andy Murray on a mission to reach world number one

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Andy Murray is on course to succeed Novak Djokovic as the world’s number one ranked player after he claimed yet another ATP tour title in Shanghai over the weekend.

Murray has made no secret of his desire to overhaul his long-time rival, Djokovic in the rankings and he moved one step closer to that milestone after a 7-6(1) 6-1 triumph over Roberto Bautista Agut.

The British number one, 29, is taking full advantage of Djokovic’s’ uncharacteristic form and is just a few tournament wins away from achieving his goal.

The Scot will look to round off a superb 2016 by adding the world number one status to his Olympic gold medal, which he won in Rio in the summer together with his second Wimbledon title.

However, he still has work to do and must win both the Vienna Open as well as the Paris Masters in the coming weeks to become Britain’s first ever world number one in singles and has unsurprisingly remained coy over the prospect.

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He told Sky Sports, “My goal wasn’t to finish No 1 at the end of this year but obviously the last few months I have played really well.

“But obviously the early part of next year, there is an opportunity.”

Despite winning the Australian Open and French Open in the early part of 2016, the calendar year as a whole has been underwhelming by the Serb’s standards.

The 29-year-old suffered a shock exit to Sam Querrey in the third round at Wimbledon and followed this with a first round slump to Juan Martin del Potro in the Olympics.

The Serb great was also unable to retain his US Open title, losing to world number 3 Stan Wawrinka in the final and thus his long-lasting dominance at the helm of men’s tennis appears to be deteriorating.

And Britain’s most successful ever player is clearly confident of surpassing his rival, seeing this as his best opportunity to reach the summit of the rankings.

“I believe I can get there. I definitely believe I can get there.

“I may never get another chance to be number one, so I’ll give it my best shot to do that while I have the opportunity.”