Andy Murray is looking to end a stellar calendar year on a high note and with it a shot at surpassing world No.1 Novak Djokovic at the ATP rankings.
The British No.1 is in Beijing for the China Open where he is hoping to overtake the absent Djokovic, who has an elbow injury, in his pursuit to get to the summit of men’s tennis game.
Murray has seen a stellar year so far, winning at Wimbledon for the second time as well as reaching two more Grand Slam finals and claiming an Olympic gold in Rio, which coincided with a difficult second half of the season of his great rival Djokovic.
With recent reports that the world No.2 has set up a quarterfinal match against fellow Brit Kyle Edmund at the China Open, his goal of surpassing the Serbian tennis star is within sights.
The top seed Murray has beaten Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2 6-1 prior to the quarterfinals while Kyle Edmund beat Spaniard Roberto Bautist Agut in three sets 6-4 4-6 6-4 to set up an all-British quarterfinals in Beijing.
Murray produced a composed display and superb form to defeat Kuznetsov without too much cause for concern after suffering a thigh injury and his first tournament since Great Britain’s Davis Cup defeat.
According to BBC, the Davis Cup teammates has already played against each other only once before, where the 21-year-old Edmund lost to Murray in a deciding set on the grass at Queen’s Club in 2015.
If Murray claim the title at China Open this week, he can reduce Djokovic’s lead by 500 ATP points where he is currently trailing the Serbian tennis star by 4,695 points. However, given that Murray has won the final five events of 2015, he is actually just 2,055 points behind in the singles race, which ranks players on their yearly performances rather than the last 12 months.
In the meantime, Murray must focus on avoiding upsets, starting with the quarterfinal clash with Kyle Edmund at the China Open.
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