Murray admits number one ranking won’t be feasible this year

Updated: Oct 09, 2012, 16:23 PM IST

London: US Open champion Andy Murray has admitted it won’t be possible for him to attain the number one ranking in tennis this year, and believes Novak Djokovic is guaranteed to secure the top spot.

Roger Federer has tipped the Scot to take over his mantle as the best player in the world following his U.S. Open win.

Even as the top ranking is in Murray`s sights, he believes Novak Djokovic will be crowned the new number one ahead of him, but the world number three is determined to keep working hard.

“It will be very difficult to finish the year as number one. I think Novak is too far off and guaranteed that,” Murray was quoted as saying in an interview.

“I will keep working hard and focus for the rest of the year and hopefully have a chance next year,” he added.