Finishing year as a world No. 1 is not a priority for Nadal, says Murray

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Finishing year as a world No. 1 is not a priority for Nadal, says Murray

In an interview to The Times Andy Murray opened up on his return to the competition. The British player won several matches and he is happy with his performances during the Asian swing in Zhuhai, Beijing and Shanghai. "I am surprised with how smooth it has been.

I had two years of having lots of pain after every single match. Now I play a match, the body hurts, I have some pain in my back, the muscles are tired and things like that, but my hip is fine and I couldn't remember what that was like before", said Murray.

"It has been hard but I expected it to be quite a bumpy road because it wasn't something that has been done in tennis before. I know having done this that you will see way more athletes having this operation and coming back to compete, because there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to."

On what his goals will be looking to the future, Murray added: "If I do get up there, I'm not going to be focusing on ranking targets. You look at what Roger [Federer], Rafa [Nadal] and I guess Novak [Djokovic], to a certain extent, are doing to give themselves a chance to play longer.

Right now, Rafa could be fighting to finish number one in the world and it's not a priority for him. I would like to be competitive in the big events against the best players. I'm not there yet, but I'm closer than I was a month ago, and much closer than a couple of months ago."