Andy Murray hopes he can get closer to Novak Djokovic’s level next year after being beaten by the Serb in the final of the Paris Masters.
The Scot will finish the year at number three in the world rankings after losing 6-2 6-4 to Djokovic, who has now won ten tournaments in 2015, including six ATP Masters events.
Djokovic has had the better of Murray this year, winning six of their seven encounters, including in the Australian Open final and the semi-finals of the French Open.
Murray has said recently that his focus in the closing weeks of the season is on the Davis Cup final against Belgium but he was still pleased to reach the final in Paris, as he had never progressed beyond the quarter-finals there before.
He had been impressive in his victories over Borna Coric, David Goffin, Richard Gasquet and David Ferrer and was keen to look at the positives of his week after his defeat in the final
He said: “It’s progress, we’ll try next year to go one better. Congratulations to Novak on another fantastic week. It’s been a great year for him again. He fully deserves the number one spot, hopefully I can get a little bit closer next year.
“But it’s been a great week for me, the first time past the quarter-finals here.”
Great Britain can be backed at 1.37 to beat Belgium in the Davis Cup final, while Murray is 11.00 to win the World Tour Finals in London and 5.50 to triumph at the 2016 Australian Open.