Murray: I want to be number one

In the build-up to the Madrid Open, Andy Murray has signaled his intent to become the world’s best player.

As Murray prepares to defend his title at the prestigious Madrid Open which begins next week, he has admitted that being at the summit of the men’s game is a burning desire of his.

Murray is currently the world number two. Despite having won two grand slams, the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013, the Scot has never achieved a better ranking.

“It would be incredible to reach the top of my sport,” Murray explained to the Madrid Masters’ official website.

“It’s something you dream about since you were a child.

“My brother just got himself up to number one in doubles, and it would be incredible to say we both reached the top position during our careers.”

Reflecting on his triumph at the Madrid Masters in 2015, Murray pointed out that the build-up to the event was close to perfect.

“It was probably the best I’ve done on clay,” the 28-year-old said.

“I spent two weeks in Barcelona training, which helped with my tactics and movement. I won my first title on clay at Munich the week before, so I came with a lot of confidence to Madrid.”

If he is to successfully defend his title next week, the 2012 gold medalist will have his work cut out for him as the tournament has attracted a star-studded field of players.

Barcelona Open finalists Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori will be joined by the likes of Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych.

With the French Open starting on the 16th of May, all the above players will be looking to play well in Madrid to ensure they hit the clay courts of Roland Garros in top form.