Murray edges closer to No.1 ranking with third ATP title

Andy Murray has a chance to take over the world number one ranking from Novak Djokovic, after claiming his third straight ATP title in Vienna.

The Scot defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 7-6 (6) in the final of the Erste Bank Open for his personal-best seventh title of the season and 42nd overall.

“I was thinking more about how you are going to win the match rather than what it would mean if you did win it. But obviously it’s nice to win my seventh tournament,” Murray said after the win.


“A lot of them have come in the last few months. After the Australian Open I struggled a little bit for a couple of months but the last few months have been very good.”

Murray now has a chance to claim top spot in the world rankings at the Paris Masters next week, although he will really need results to fall his way.

He will need to win the Masters and Djokovic can’t reach the finals.

“I get a step closer with every win but it’s still a long way from here,” Murray said.

“From two to one seems a small jump in a way but it’s the hardest one to make. To go from 100 to 50 is more spots but is a lot easier.”