SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2012
Murray Looks For Strong Finish To 2012
by ATP Staff|
Speaking on Tuesday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, where the 25-year-old Scot is the two-time defending champion, Murray said, "There's a few tournaments between now and the end of the year I'd like to do well [at and] I always enjoy playing here. I'll try to do as well as I can between now and the end of the year.
"If I do that, there's a possibility to get to No. 1 [in the South African Airways ATP Rankings] next year. I think getting to No. 1 in the world, that's more a reward for playing very good tennis throughout the whole season at pretty much every tournament you play.
"You need to focus more on the process and not so much just 'No. 1, No. 1'. The next Grand Slam in Australia is obviously a focus that would be not that far away, but I would say is more of a long term goal."
Having snapped Great Britain’s 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam champion, Murray insists his US Open triumph "hasn’t changed me. I haven't felt so different. I felt, yeah, a lot of relief. It was a big weight off my back at the time. So getting on the practice court, getting in the gym and stuff, has become a bit easier probably.
"I hope it gives me some more confidence when I'm on the court. That's the one thing that I hope I would have got out of it."
World No. 3 Murray comes into the penultimate ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season on the back of a semi-final loss to Milos Raonic at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo last week.
Murray will play Florian Mayer of Germany in the second round on Wednesday at the Qi Zhong Stadium in Shanghai.