Andy Murray has confirmed that he is looking to usurp Novak Djokovic and finish 2016 as the number one player in the world rankings.

Murray eyes Xmas No 1

Murray eyes Xmas No 1

The 29-year-old Scot is returning from a break to feature at this coming week's China Open in Beijing where he will face Andreas Seppi in the first round on Monday.

Murray's participation is significant because Djokovic is unable to defend his crown having withdrawn from the tournament because of an elbow problem.

And the British number one is looking to narrow the gap between himself and the Serbian in China with the plan to eventually overhaul him by the end of the campaign.

Murray who won the Rome Masters, a fifth Aegon Championships crown at Queen's Club, a second Wimbledon title and a second Olympic gold medal in Rio this year, while also reaching the finals of the Australian Open and French Open, told the ATP Tour Website: "I think obviously trying to reach No. 1 is a goal.

"I think most of the players that are near the top of the game would like that. I've never been there. It's something I would like to do for the first time, which is maybe more of a motivation for me than some of the guys that have been there before.

“I want to just try and finish this year strong from a personal point of view. It's been my best season to date, and I want to try to finish it as best as I can."