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Murray eyes top spot after rankings rise

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Andy Murray has moved above Roger Federer in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career © AP
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Andy Murray believes a strong clay court season could see him challenge for the world No. 1 ranking after his Sony Open victory over David Ferrer lifted him to the No. 2 spot for the second time in his career.

Murray came back from match point down to beat Ferrer in a gruelling three-set contest in Miami, a result that saw him rise above Roger Federer in the ATP World Tour rankings for the first time.

And while the Scot insists he is not targeting Novak Djokovic's position at the top of the rankings, he accepts that the rise to No. 2 has been on his mind following a strong start to the season.

"It's nice just to have been able to do it this week," Murray said. "I don't have to go into Monte Carlo or Madrid or Rome and kind of be worrying or thinking about that.

"It doesn't change a huge amount, but the fact that I'm moving up the rankings is a good sign. I have been winning a lot of matches, and my consistency has been better over the last few months. The rankings obviously reflect that.

"So I will try and keep working hard during the clay and hopefully, you know, I can go higher."

Murray was the first to admit that his battle of attrition with Ferrer in the Sony Open final was anything but pretty, but was delighted to come through a stern test from the world No. 4.

"It was a strange match," he told Sky Sports. "I just managed to fight well in the end in incredibly difficult conditions.

"That sort of match a couple of years ago I probably would have lost - I was up a break three or four times in the third set and kept letting him back in through some loose shots.

"I tried to keep fighting, chased down every ball, made it as hard for him as possible. There was a lot riding on the match and I was glad to get through in the end."

Men's rankings: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 2. Andy Murray (GBR), 3. Roger Federer (SUI), 4. David Ferrer (ESP), 5. Rafael Nadal (ESP), 6. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 7. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), 8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 9. Richard Gasquet (FRA), 10. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB).

Women's rankings: 1. Serena Williams (USA), 2. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 3. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), 4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 5. Li Na (CHN), 6. Angelique Kerber (GER), 7. Sara Errani (ITA), 8. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 9. Samantha Stosur (AUS), 10. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN).

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