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Tennis News: Andy Murray now only 1,555 points away for the no. 1 spot; Joins ’40 Titles Club’ with Beijing title

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Scottish tennis star Andy Murray proved at the recent China Open that 2016 is his year. Murray defeated Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6 (2) to take home the Beijing title where the two showcased a hard-fought match.

The no. 2 seeded Scot’s appearance at the China Open finals is his ninth final of the season and his third attempt to win the top prize.

“It was a great week for me,” Murray said in an interview. “Today’s match was very high level and Grigor fought really hard to the end.

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“I’m very happy with the way I played the last couple of matches. It has been the most consistent year of my career. I will look forward to Shanghai now,” added Murray.

In his pursuit for being no. 1, Murray said last month that “March or April time is a more realistic chance [of overtaking Djokovic] than doing it this year” but with Novak Djokovic opting out of China Open, the race for the no. 1 rank is just afoot away for the Scot.

According to The Telegraph, stats suggest that Djokovic has a perfect record at the China Open with 29 wins in 29 matches, altogether with six titles. But with his decision not to participate, the Serb dropped 500 points.

Also, in an article posted by Mail Online, when the new rankings came out, Murray is still behind Djokovic with 3,695 points. The statistics is based on results over the past 12 months. However, when talking about isolation this season, Djokovic only leads 1,555 points over Murray and there are plenty enough left to play for this year.

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Meanwhile, with Andy Murray’s win at the China Open, this puts the no. 2 seed as the 16th member of the ’40 Titles Club’. Aside from Murray, among the active members of the elite club include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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