Melbourne: Andy Murray feels he is good enough to become the world’s number one player and is determined to surpass the three tennis stalwarts who stand above him on tennis rankings before the end of the year.
Murray lost in the semi-final of the Australian Open to world number one Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five set contest but his valiant efforts during the match earned him plaudits everywhere.
"Now I think that I’ve started to improve and I think it’s because of those guys that I’m playing as well as I am. I want to get to No 1. That’s one of my goals this year and I’ll try my best to do it,” a daily quoted Murray, as saying.
He also believes he has proved a point to his critics after coming close to beating Djokovic in the semi-final.
“You’re always going to have people that doubt me and say: ‘He’s not that good, he’s not as good as them’,” he added. However, he admits he still has another point to prove i.e. winning career-defining matches like the one in the Australian Open semi-final.
“I’m aware that I still need to prove some things and win matches like [Friday] nights. But I’m much closer than I was at this stage last year. Novak played great tennis the whole of last year, and made a big improvement,” he added.
First Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 12:53