There is a lot of talk around about the possibility of Andy Murray getting to the top of rankings. Roger Federer has recently suggested that he expects Murray to overhaul him in the rankings. Federer is, of course, the current world number one.
It was fantastic to see Andy Murray finally winning a Grand Slam title this season. And getting to the top of the rankings would be seen as further progress and evidence of the quality he has. However, it is worth noting that the Grand Slam events generally use the rankings to determine the seeds.
Some people think that Murray will be the world number one at the end of the current season. However, that would mean that he would start the 2013 season on top, and likely to be the favourite to win the 2013 Australian Open.
Becoming the world's best player does different things to different people, and it's fair to say some handle it better than others do. It's impossible to say what sort of impact it would have on Murray's game, but, perhaps, this is pressure he doesn't need.
I don't think his place on top would be disputed given he won the London 2012 Olympic gold medal and the 2012 U.S. Open title. But the Grand Slam events were shared out between the top four players this season.
British tennis fans all hope that Britain's best male player can go on win further major titles. Success in the Grand Slam events is what separates the good players from the great. But it's important to remember that Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic are all multiple Grand Slam winners.
It's hoped that this is something we will soon be able to say about Andy Murray. However, the men's game is fiercely competitive, so there is no guarantee that the Brit will win a second Grand Slam title during the 2013 season.
I think Murray might be better prepared to handle the expectation of being world number one, once he has won more Grand Slam titles. In fact, he may find that easier to achieve this by not being considered the world's best player.
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