Andy Murray recalls overtaking Novak Djokovic at No. 1 in 2016

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray admitted he didn’t think he would be sitting at No. 1 by the end of the 2016 season after losing in the US Open quarterfinal.

Murray put up the strongest possible end to the 2016 season as he won Vienna, the Masters events in Shanghai and Paris, as well as the ATP Finals. 

“After US Open, we had a very clear goal. It was to try and give myself an opportunity to get to No. 1 in the world for the beginning of 2017. We weren’t thinking about it at the end of 2016,” Murray told the ATP Tennis Radio Podcast, as revealed on Sportskeeda.

“I was gonna have to win literally every single match between then and the end of the year.”

Murray never gave up 

Murray had been a top player for years but overtaking Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer was an incredibly difficult task. 

“It was so many years of such hard work, being behind Novak and Rafa and Roger. You know, they are not easy guys to pass in the rankings,” Murray said. “It was not easy to do that. So it was one of my best accomplishments.”

Murray is now ranked at No. 134 in the world but he is determined to bounce back in 2022 and prove the doubters wrong. 

“The fact that I’m able to still do this, and compete with the best players in the world with a metal hip, I’m proud that I’m able to do that and I think there’s very few people that would be able to compete (like that),” Murray told Eurosport. 

“I’ve had lots of people come up to me and say, ‘It’s inspirational that you keep trying, you keep fighting and you keep going’, and I guess that’s something that I would, probably when I finished playing, be remembered for.”

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