Murray beat Nadal last week to win his second title of the year at the World Indoor Tournament in Rotterdam, which leaves him well placed to take over as world No 3 from Novak Djokovic in the coming months. After the 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, Nadal said: “Andy is already having a good season. He won in Doha, he lost in the fourth round in Australia, but against a very good Fernando Verdasco, and he won here in Rotterdam. He is No 4 in the world now and he can be better because he has not many points to defend from here to Wimbledon so he can improve his ranking more. Sure, he is good and he can be No 1, No 2, No 3 — I don’t think it will be a problem.”
Should Murray move up another spot in the world rankings it would confirm him as Britain’s best placed player since the system began as neither Tim Henman or Greg Rusedski did better than fourth.
Murray has now won 10 titles and is looking to securing No 11 as the Dubai Tennis Championships gets underway next week.