• Murray insists he's not chasing Federer's ranking

    3/25/13 1:46 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Murray insists he's not chasing Federer's ranking With Andy Murray feeling in his element in his second home of Miami, the Scot is now concentrating on trying to knock Roger Federer from the No. 2 position behind Novak Djokovic in the ATP rankings.

    But it will be quite a task for the Scot, who will need to win the Miami Masters title next weekend in order to make a move upwards.

    Murray, who trains during the December close season in steamy south Florida, has gotten himself well-accustomed to the humid conditions which characterise the tournament. But actually making a move on Federer is not at the top of the Murray to-do list.

    "It's not something I'm thinking about going into my first match against Bernard Tomic," he the BBC. "Getting to No. 2 is not a goal of mine. I'd rather focus on winning events than counting ranking points.

    "The one thing it does help with is with your seeding for the bigger events, and that's how it would be of benefit to me."

    The Miami field might be ripe for the picking if Murray can keep on winning, Both Federer (pre-planned training) and Rafael Nadal (resting his knees after winning Indian Wells) are missing form the field, And Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro has lost with a wrist injury. Murray's next opponent will be fast-rising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, whom the Scot beat in the Brisbane final in January.

    The Scot credits his five years of work in Miami for helping his career. "I spend more time here than I did a few years ago, probably about three-and-a-half months of the year," said the local property owner.
    "Miami's a very laid-back city. You can do whatever you want here.

    "They have nice beaches, on South Beach there are lots of shops, a good party life, and there are very good restaurants all over the city. There are good players to practise and train with, and they have great facilities here."

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I don't get it....

"Murray insists he's not chasing Federer's ranking"

"the Scot is now concentrating on trying to knock Roger Federer from the No. 2 position "

"Getting to No. 2 is not a goal of mine."

"the Scot is now concentrating on trying to knock Roger Federer from the No. 2 position"

So Lindt-all, which is it.

Please check your medication.


Conspirator , 3/25/13 1:46 PM

There's no contradiction. One is Andy's claim, the other is Lindahl's deduction.
Andy says he is not chasing Fed's ranking but concentrating on winning events. But winning Miami means he displaces Fed.

holdserve , 3/25/13 2:29 PM

Definition of contradiction
a combination of statements, ideas, or features which are opposed to one another:

Conspirator , 3/25/13 3:42 PM

Andy is echoing what Rafa used to say way back when he spent years being No.2 to Roger and was constantly asked if his ambition was to be No.1 i.e. 'I am not that concerned by the ranking. If you concentrate winning matches then the points will follow.'

He will also have heeded Djokovic's words when he admitted (around mid 2009 I think) that following his famous AO win he had paid too much attention to overtaking Roger and Rafa to the detriment of his game.

We know Roger revelled in the prestige of being No.1 and in the fact that he now holds the world record for the number of weeks at No.1. We also know he hated being introduced as No.2 or as a former No.1. He actually prefers to be the hunted to being the hunter. Whereas both Rafa and Nole relish the role of hunter.

Andy is right to remain grounded. He has had to endure the weight of expectations from the British press and public for years. Now they are going to clamour for him to become a World No.1.

In addition to the prestige and financial rewards it also puts an added pressure on players which can be a mixed blessing. The higher you climb the further you have to fall.

ed251137 , 3/25/13 4:50 PM

ed, but only when Wimbledon comes around will they "clamour."
The rest of the year the Gr8 British Public probably would be hard pressed to tell you who Andy is. Good and bad in that, I'd say.
What are you doing "sneaking" onto a Murray thread anyway. Didn't think you'd be noticed, huh? Huh?

deuce , 3/25/13 5:07 PM

I thought Andy's answer made perfect sense. He's not going to do what he did in 2009, when he proclaimed his intent to be #1. He's being smart about it. Also his response is very much like what Rafa said when he was chasing Fed for the #1 ranking.

Andy has matured a lot in the past few years. He understands the pressure that comes with ascending to the very top of this sport. I think he's doing what he has to do, focusing on winning and letting the ranking then take care of itself.

Nativenewyorker , 3/25/13 6:59 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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