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Murray: Nadal and Federer still the kings of the court

Andy Murray has set his sights on challenging Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for their grand slam crowns next year.

Andy Murray has set his sights on challenging Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for their grand slam crowns next year. Murray has enjoyed his best season on the circuit, recording a third victory over Federer this year on Friday to dump the 13-time grand slam winner out of the Masters Cup. But the Scot knows it will be a tough task toppling the kings of the court. While Murray, 21, is a two-time Masters champion this campaign he has yet to claim a grand slam.

And with Federer and Nadal holding three of the four top titles the Swiss said "at the moment it's Rafa and myself". Murray is looking to progress next year, but he may have to be content with taking a shot at the world No 3 Novak Djokovic, who he beat to win the Cincinnati Masters. "Federer is, I'm sure, going to want to try to get his No 1 spot back, and I'm sure he's going to want to try to regain his Wimbledon trophy," Murray said. "Nadal, now that he's won Wimbledon and the French Open, he's going to give it his best effort to get ready for the Australian Open and US Open.

"They're going to be top five next year, probably one and two again. They're playing that well and that consistently all the time." After losing to Nadal at Wimbledon and in Toronto, Murray beat the Spaniard on his way to the US Open final in a epic match. "I won some really big matches this year against the best players in the world. Next year I'll try to improve on that," Murray added. * PA Sport