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Murray gunning for Federer

ESPN staff
September 30, 2011
Andy Murray beat Roger Federer in last year's Shanghai Masters final © Getty Images

British No. 1 Andy Murray is hoping to take full advantage of Roger Federer's absence from the ATP Tour as he bids to end the year in the top three of the world rankings.

The world No. 4 remains on course for his third title of the year at the Thailand Open and is yet to drop a set in Bangkok after booking his place in the semi-finals with a straights sets win over Grigor Dimitrov on Friday.

The Scot will head to Tokyo for the Japan Open next week, before beginning the defence of his Shanghai Masters title on October 9.

Having not played either Bangkok or Tokyo last season, Murray could pick up an extra 750 rankings points with back-to-back titles, and with Federer having pulled out of Shanghai with "nagging injuries", Murray has the chance to leapfrog his rival.

Murray beat Federer in last year's Shanghai Masters final, and should he successfully retain the title in China he would overtake Federer as world No. 3, putting him firmly on course to end the year in the top three for the first time in his career.

"By playing the full Asian stretch, there is a chance for me to try and move my ranking up by one spot, which is something I want to do by the end of the year," Murray said.

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