Andy Murray as little as two weeks away from possible world number one spot

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The 2016 season has so far been a phenomenal one for the Scottish world number two ranked Andy Murray, and as a result, he is now just two weeks away from a possible toppling of the current world number one Novak Djokovic.

Murray's first triumph of the season came back in may when he beat Djokovic 6-3 6-3 in the final of the Italian Open in Rome.

However, Djokovic returned the favour later in the same month and beat Murray in the final of the French Open by a scoreline of 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4.


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The Scotsman's next victory came at the Queen's Club Championships in London when he beat Canadian ace Milos Raonic by three sets to one.

After finishing runner-up in two Grand Slam finals - the Australian and French respectively - Murray's first major title of the season came at the famous Wimbledon Championships.

A short time later he met Raonic in a competition final for the second time, only this time was slightly more special as the world number two was able to beat his opponent in straight sets to lift the Wimbledon trophy in front of a jubilant home crowd on center court.

Since then, Murray has added two more titles to his list of honours for the season so far, winning in Beijing and Shanghai respectively.

The British tennis sensation began the year 8,000 points behind his Serbian rival in the world rankings but has brought the deficit down to a reasonable 2,415.

To overtake Djokovic and claim the prestigious number one spot, Murray must first win the Erste Bank Open in Austria and then win again a week later at the Paris Masters.

Then Djokovic would need to sit out of the Austrian event and reach no further than the semi-final of the Paris Masters, thus closing the gap to just 875 points.

At that stage of the season, the points from last year's World Tour Finals will be wiped from the record, and as a result, Murray would slingshot past Djokovic to occupy the throne of world tennis, leading by 225 points.

The task is a gargantuan one if Murray is to overtake the reigning number one, however, and he is under no illusions regarding the difficulty of the task at hand.

During an interview featured in an article posted by The Sun, he said: "I'd have to win pretty much every match between now and the end of the year and Novak would have to win hardly any.

"I want to try and get there, but I don't think doing that by the end of this year is that realistic."

Murray's mountain climb looks all the more arduous when you look at Djokovic's history at this stage of the season, and in particular at the Paris Masters.

Djokovic is the reigning and defending champion of the competition and has won the event a hat-trick of times on the bounce coming into this year's tournament.

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