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 Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060