Bid for No. 1 Ranking Has Wide Implications for Andy Murray

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Published: November 3, 2016

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Entering the BNP Paribas Masters a mere 415 points behind Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray can become world No. 1 as soon as Monday, depending on their respective results this week. With his rival struggling to snap out of a prolonged slump and rekindle his fire, Murray’s seized the opening with , abandon.

The reigning Wimbledon and Olympics champion is producing sensational tennis during the second half of 2016. Spurred by a strong run on the clay, Murray’s risen above the field since his reunion with former coach Ivan Lendl in early June.

Lendl and co-coach Jamie Delgado took over the reins after Amelie Mauresmo left the camp this spring. Together, they have Murray playing more aggressively and confidently than ever.

Murray specifically pointed to Delgado's presence as a key factor to his success, telling the Daily Mail's Stuart Fraser: "Since I started working with Jamie this year, my results have picked up a lot. I had my best clay-court season by far with him."


This is also clearly Murray's best overall campaign. His seven titles are the most he's captured in a single year, and at 70-9, he's two wins away from setting another personal record for a season.

Reaching No. 1 for the first time would be his pinnacle achievement given the enormous lead the formerly indestructible (and now increasingly pensive) Djokovic once held. Thanks to a trio of tournament victories in Beijing, Shanghai and Vienna this fall, he's perilously close.

Various scenarios for him to make it happen in Paris are in play.

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray's possible ranking points totals on November 7th after Paris: pic.twitter.com/MRyOe9qQUi

— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) October 30, 2016 Even if he doesn’t surpass Djokovic in the next few days, Murray could control his own destiny at the upcoming World Tour Finals. The combination of at least one title and a deep run at the...
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