TWELVE years after joining the Tour, Andy Murray reached the pinnacle in November.
As the new season starts, one of the biggest challenges for Murray, the top seed at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, would be to hold on to the No.1 spot.
Novak Djokovic, whom Murray displaced from the top, is keen to win it back. After missing the second half of 2016 season, Roger Federer has slipped to 16th, but write him off at your own peril. So too Rafael Nadal, who warmed up by winning the Mubadala Exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last week.
Stan Wawrinka is closing the gap and so too is Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori. 2017 promises to be an interesting one.
Murray would want to stay as No.1 for long, but he himself admitted it was going to be an enormous task.
“I had a great sort of four, five months at the end of last year. I still got to No.1 by one match. I know it’ll be very tough to stay there,” said Murray, who lost in the doubles first round tie in Doha.