ANDY MURRAY will step out at the O2 Arena on Monday night more confident than ever he can defend his World No 1 spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour finals.
GETTYAndy Murray goes into the ATP World Tour Finals in London as the world No.1And while he insists that climbing to the top of his sport has not changed him as a player, going into his opening round-robin clash against MarinCilic on top of the rankings gives him even greater belief.“It feels goodto be number one but I don’t feel any different this week than I did the week before, like when I get up in the morning and stuff,” Murray said.“But maybe when you step on the court you have a little bit more confidence and feel a bit better about yourself when you are hitting balls and getting ready for the tournament.”ndy Murray was named the tennis World No.1 after winning the Paris Masters last week
“Ivan Lendl spoke to me on Saturday night in Paris and he obviously congratulated me on getting to number one”
Tennis star Andy Murray
Murray will be reunited this week with coach Ivan Lendl and the dour Czech has wasted little time praising his charge for his recent successes.
“We spoke on the Saturday night in Paris and he obviously congratulated me on getting to number one,” Murray said.
“Then we started talking about the final the next day and what we were going to do to prepare for this event.
“I like that, it’s good. I don’t needto be discussing what happened the last few months too much.“I need to keep trying to improve, keep getting better and that’s what I’ve always done when we’ve been working together.”The year-end world number one ranking will be on the line as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic head to London for the ATP World Tour Finals.Andy Murray overtook Novak Djokovic as the tennis world No.1Murray takes a 405 point ranking lead overDjokovic into the event and whoever goes further in the tournament will finish the year as number one.World No.3 StanWawrinka certainly expects Murray to hold on to te toprankung, saying: “The ranking never lies. He’s been winning a lot this year, more than any other player, so he deservesto be number one.“I think every player tires at the end of the year but if you look at the last few tournaments, he’s in top form, a lot of confidence to take to this tournament here so he will be tough to beat.”