Djokovic still biggest threat in 2017 – Murray

Andy Murray thinks Novak Djokovic will provide the biggest threat to his world number one ranking in the coming year.

The new season gets back underway this week when the Qatar Open starts with both the Scot and the Serb set to take part.

Murray knocked Djokovic off his perch as the world’s number one player at the end of last year with his victory in the ATP Tour Finals making sure he ended the year on top.

When asked who he thinks will provide the biggest threat to his place at the top of tennis, Murray responded: “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.”

And Djokovic, who will begin his campaign in Qatar against Jan-Lennard Struff, had a poor second half to the year that allowed Murray to glide to the summit of the rankings.

“I don’t see the six months, second six months of 2016 as a failure or anything like that,” Djokovic said.

“It’s not in my mindset, 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.”