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Can Andy Murray become World Number one?

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Murray will target top spot (©GettyImages)
Murray will target top spot (©GettyImages).

It may have taken 77 years, but Andy Murray eventually ended Britain's wait for a men's singles champion at Wimbledon just under two weeks ago. 

The Scot defeated current world number one Novak Djokovic in straight sets, but can he replace him at the top of the men's game?

As things stand Murray is 2,950 points behind Djokovic, but now holds two of the four Grand Slams, as long with his Olympic Gold medal from last summer's London Olympics. He also missed this year's French Open leading to him missing out on valuable ranking points. 

Obviously it isn't just the Grand Slams that contribute towards vital ranking points. Murray's current downfall are his results in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. He only holds one of the ten events compared to Djokovic's four titles, and only one other appearance in the semi-finals or further.  Murray will definitely be pin pointing these events as a chance to close the gap.

Before Murray starts his US Open defence he has the Montreal and Cincinatti Masters to contend with.  After suffering defeats in the last 16 of both these events this time last year he has a real opportunity to claw some points back on Djokovic, especially as the Serb made the final in both events last year, winning one.

Another vital ingredient towards Murray gaining top spot will be defending his US Open.  He currently has 2,000 points for his success last September, compared to Djokovic's 1,200 for being runner-up. Murray would need to keep this 800 point advantage in just over a month's time at Flushing Meadows.

Realistically, due to the superiority of Djokovic over Murray during the Clay Court season, Murray will also feel he requires success in Melbourne at the start of 2014 in the Australian Open, where he lost to Djokovic in the final in 2013.  Holding three of the Grand Slams will certainly be Murray's best and most realistic option.

It's definitely not going to be easy, but there is no doubting Murray has the potential to soon find himself as the first British man on top of the tennis world rankings since Fred Perry in 1937.

 

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Wimbledon
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Andy Murray
Novak Djokovic
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