Murray: No.1 not my priority


Originally published on: 06/08/13 00:00

The world No.2 is in Montreal for the Rogers Cup, where he is a two-time champion, lifting the title in 2009 and 2010 but failing to progress past the third round on his last two visits to Canada.

Murray pulled out of last year’s event with a knee injury shortly after winning Olympic gold at London 2012, but went on to win his first Grand Slam in New York.

Now a two-time major champion after his success at Wimbledon last month, Murray says he wants to do well at the Masters 1000 events as well now that he knows he is able to produce his best tennis at Grand Slams.

"The last couple of years I haven't always played my most consistent tennis in the build-up to the Slams and then when I got there I started to play better,” Murray said.

“I've always looked ahead to the Slams and sometimes not played my best tennis in the Masters Series, which wasn't the case at the beginning of my career. I want to try and do well here.”

Greater consistency at the Masters events would help Murray close the gap on world No.1 Novak Djokovic. While Murray holds both the US Open and Wimbledon titles to Djokovic’s Australian Open crown, better results throughout the season has lifted the Serb more than 3500 points clear in the ATP rankings.

But while Murray would love to leapfrog his friend and rival into top spot, the Scot insists that Grand Slam titles remain the priority.

"I want to try and win another Grand Slam,” Murray said. “Every player would like to get to No.1, but I would rather win another Grand Slam or two and not get to No.1."


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