Andy Murray, Britain and Scotland’s highest ranked player for over a year now has broken back into the world’s top 10 following his second tournament win of the year at the Open 13 in Marseille on Sunday. He is now Ranked 10th in the world moving up one place from 11th. He reached a career-high ranking of eight last June but his season was as usual disrupted by injury.
The 20-year-old Briton beat Croatia’s Mario Ancic 6-3 6-4 yesterday to add the Marseille open 13 title to his other title at the Qatar Open which he won last month. So far this year he has only lost one match, unfortunately for Murray it was in the highest point value tournament of the year so far the Australian open. Murray had reached the 4th round in 2007, so lost many points for his first round exit this year, which makes his rise back into the elite top 10 all the more significant.
Andy Murray now has five career titles and the young Scot now travels to Rotterdam this week to take on a field that includes Spaniard and world number 2 Rafael Nadal and Russia’s world number 5 Nikolay Davydenko.
On making it back the top 10 Murray said,
Roger Federer won here (Marseille) at 20 too so I’m on the right track….It’s important to win these tournaments – it’s what gives you confidence to go and play well in the Grand Slams…..For me, winning Grand Slams is more important than being number one. Players are judged on how many they win – that’s how good their career is…..But if you are winning Grand Slams obviously you are pretty close to number one anyway….For me, I’ve always set goals for each year. First the top 100, then the top 20, then the top 10. Now it is a Grand Slam….If I can do that in the next couple of years then I’ll be going for number one.
Murray, also went on talk about the future and how he see’s it all shaping up in the future as Roger Federer’s grip on the Tennis world starts to loosen, something that we perhaps seen to start at last months Oz open when another youngster Noval Djokivic won his first grand slam. Murray added
When Federer in the next four or five years starts to taper down, there are a lot of guys like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, myself, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet who will be going for number one….There’s a lot of guys who have a good chance of going for it.
Strangely enough the BBC asked former GERMAN player Boris Becker his opinions on Murray, the eccentric German criticised his choice not play in the Davis Cup in Argentina. The decision not play has been more than justified this week in my opinion, the only thing in question with Murray was the way he went about it – Being more open with his Davis Cup coach, fellow team mates which include his brother would have made the situation much less of a talking point.