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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Murray expects wait for top spot
Andy Murray
My goal is to get into the top 10 - that's my goal for the next 12 or 13 years
Andy Murray
Teenage tennis star Andy Murray says he may have to wait for Tim Henman to retire before he can become British number one.

The 18-year-old rose to 72 in the world rankings after reaching the final of the Thailand Open.

That put him within sight of Henman, who has slipped to 27 in the world.

But Murray said: "Tim is still way ahead and he has got at least a couple of good years left in him, so it might have to wait until Tim has retired."

The Scottish teenager, who is currently nursing a hamstring strain, added: "I am not really looking at Tim's career and it is not a question for me of trying to better it.

"My goal is to get into the top 10 and I have said the same thing since I was young. That is my goal for the next 12 or 13 years."

Murray reached his first ATP Tour final at the Thailand Open earlier this month.

He lost in straight sets to world number one Roger Federer, but nevertheless put up an impressive fight.

And Murray beat US Open semi-finalist Robby Ginepri and former world top-10 player Paradorn Srichaphan on his way to the final in Bangkok.

"I reached the final of an ATP tournament and now I know I can live with the best players, but I still have a lot to work on," Murray said.

"My target for next year is to concentrate on some of my weaknesses and improving my game.

"Now I know I can beat some of the best players in the world and it is about improving my fitness and getting physically in good shape.

"I competed with Federer pretty well and I still saw a number of things I could improve upon, so I can be a better player and go even higher."

Murray intends to get back in action in two weeks' time in the ATP event in Basle.

He will then go to Paris for the Tennis Masters Series event, having been granted a wildcard for the qualifying competition.




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