The Surrey-based superstar faces a tough challenge to hang on to his number-one crown, as Tom Cann reports.
Oxshott’s Andy Murray is going to have a tough time retaining his world number-one spot over the upcoming months, as both Milos Raonic and Roger Federer have said they hope to catch up with the Scotsman.
Raonic was confirmed to be part of the ‘star-studded’ line-up at this year’s Aegon Championships in London, with Rafael Nadal, 2014 winner Grigor Dimitrov and world number three Stan Wawrinka all taking part. Raonic said that he hopes to avenge Murray this year, having lost to him twice last year in the finals of both Wimbledon and Queen’s in straight sets.
Meanwhile, the current world number six Roger Federer has said he would like to regain his number-one spot and take it off Murray.
The Swiss 35-year-old became the oldest man to win a Masters tournament after he won the Indian Wells, surpassing Jimmy Connors who was 31.
Federer can keep climbing up the rankings as well, with both Murray and world number two Novak Djokovic pulling out of the Miami Open through injury, leaving the gap open for the Swiss legend.
Murray, despite pulling out of the tournament in Miami, has said that he hopes to be included in the Davis Cup team for when Great Britain take on France in Rouen, which starts on 7th April. The Brit missed the opening tie against Canada, which Britain came out of with a 3-2 victory.
The year hasn’t been the best for the current world number one, after having to pull out of the Miami Open through injury, not winning a grand slam yet this year and getting knocked out of Indian Wells by world number 119 Vasek Pospisil. In addition, Murray was knocked out in the doubles alongside fellow Brit Dan Evans, only reaching as far as the round of 16.
Tennis legend Andre Agassi has said that Murray’s problem is his athleticism. The eight-time major winner believes that Murray gets sucked into unnecessary battles and says he could suffer unless he plays with more aggression. “Andy has skills that are rarely outmatched,” Agassi told the Guardian. “If you brought his speed down, matches might get easier as he’d have more conviction to go after his opponents”.