British tennis pro Andy Murray was honest in admitting that he has been lucky the last few ATP seasons due to the struggles of rivals Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain.
Murray stated in an interview that the fall of both Federer and Nadal were elements in his rise to World No. 2 and that he’s now aiming for Novak Djokovic of Serbia for the No. 1 spot.
“I hope so! I mean, I think Novak is still going to be in the latter stages of the major events for quite a number of years.” Murray stated in an interview with the New York Times when asked if it’s his turn to take over the number one spot from Djokovic.
“Obviously, Wimbledon was a shock, and he lost early in the Olympics. Del Potro played great that whole tournament. Roger and Rafa, over the last couple of years, maybe haven’t gotten to the late, late stages of the Slams, and that’s helped me a little bit.”
Both Federer and Nadal have struggled with injuries the last few years. The Swiss will miss the rest of the 2016 season while the Spanish pro has not been an elite player in the last two to three years.
In the interview, Murray admitted that “Novak will still be there” but says he likes the opportunities ahead in beating the World No. 1. Murray also said that he’s in “a really good place” now and feels confident of his chances in the next tournaments.
Murray is the second seed in the on-going 2016 US Open and will face Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in the third round. Djokovic, the top seed in Flushing Meadows, New York, and Nadal, the fourth seed have already advanced to the fourth round in the Grand Slam tournament.
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