Andy Murray motivated to remain as world number one

Andy Murray in action at the US Open on August 30, 2016
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Andy Murray says that he must continue to improve if he is to remain in the position of world number one.

Andy Murray has suggested that his motivation to remain as world number one stems from needing to improve his game in order to stay above his rivals.

The Scot enjoyed an excellent 2016 which was capped off by becoming the sport's best player and winning the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Murray is currently in Melbourne as he bids to win the Australian Open for the first time, and he has admitted that he will have to produce his best tennis to claim his fourth Grand Slam title.

The 29-year-old is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "The reality is, in sport, that things obviously keep moving on, the game will get better.

"I'll obviously get older, the young guys will continue to improve, and also Novak [Djokovic], Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Rafa Nadal and all the guys at the top are still going to be wanting to get there.

"I need to continue to improve. I for sure need to keep working hard."

Murray prepared for the tournament with an appearance in Doha, where he made the final before losing to Djokovic.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray10,370
2Serbia Novak Djokovic7,445
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,445
4Spain Rafael Nadal5,375
5Switzerland Roger Federer5,035
6Canada Milos Raonic4,360
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,145
8Croatia Marin Cilic3,765
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,560
10Alexander Zverev3,150
11Belgium David Goffin3,055
12Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,900
13France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,870
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,780
15United States Jack Sock2,415
16France Gael Monfils2,365
17Lucas Pouille2,320
18Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,155
19Australia Nick Kyrgios2,155
20Albert Ramos-Vinolas2,065