Henman Backs Murray for World Number One Spot

Despite his recent exit at Flushing Meadows in the US Open, as well as a disappointing Davis Cup Semi Final defeat to Juan Martin Del Potro’s Argentina, former British number one Tim Henman has backed Andy Murray to claim the top spot in the world rankings for the first time in his career. A Wimbledon title and an Olympic gold medal for Murray in 2016 have still left the Scot more than 4,00 points behind current leader Novak Djokovic, however the margin has decreased significantly over the past twelve months.

Murray suffered from injury during his Davis Cup tie with Guido Pella, and despite still going on to win the match, it has yet to be revealed as to the true extent of the issue. The world number two will head to The China Open at the start of October all being well, and you can bet on Murray’s next match, with the journey towards top spot starting now. The tennis season is drawing to a close, with London’s O2 Arena staging the closing tournament of the year. After a well-deserved break, Murray will return in 2017 with the hope of finally claiming Australian Open glory. The Scot has come out second best in a record five finals in Melbourne, and is the 5/2 favourite with bookmakers Coral to go one better in January.

However, despite this, Henman believes that Murray’s renewed relationship with Ivan Lendl will inspire confidence, and potentially even take the Scot to the next level. Many believe that Murray should have more than his current three grand slam titles, with Wimbledon seemingly his best opportunity due to the surface suiting his game.

Murray’s nemesis Djokovic won four straight titles at the end of 2015, culminating in the ATP World Tour Finals in London, and began 2016 in style by beating the Scot in Melbourne. The Serbian followed this with another victory over Murray at Roland Garros to win the French Open for the first time, before a surprise early exit at Wimbledon had those within the game questioning his fitness. However, the world number one made it to the US Open final, only to be beaten by Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka. Wawrkinka is now ranked at number three in the world rankings, and is 12/1 with Coral to claim a second Australian Open title, after his first came back in 2014.

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