Andy Murray has insisted that Novak Djokovic is still his biggest rival in terms of the battle to stay as World No 1 and that it won’t be easy to retain his position.
The two players may face each other in the Qatar Open this weekend and while Murray will be top seed after dislodging Djokovic towards the end of last season, he expects the Serb to be a huge force again this year.
In a recent interview when asked about who his biggest threat is Murray said, “In terms of the number one ranking, Novak would be. I had a great sort of four, five months at the end of last year and I still only got to No 1 by one match, basically at the end of the year, so I know it will be very tough to stay there.”
Last year Djokovic won the Qatar Open and he will be looking to get back to winning ways by claiming the title once again this weekend.
Last year Djokovic also won the Australian and French Opens but his form seemed to fail him somewhat in the second half of the year which gave Murray the chance to overtake him in the rankings.
Speaking about last year Djokovic said, “I don’t see the six months, second six months of 2016 as a failure or anything like that. It’s not in my mind-set, I guess, in my philosophy of life to observe things in this way, that I didn’t succeed, that I failed, that I’ve fallen or something like that. I just feel like every experience is a blessing one way or another.”
Djokovic said that his determination to win in as strong as ever and that he will be doing his upmost to win more titles over the coming year.