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Andy Murray: World number one ‘has work to do’ in 2017

Andy Murray has suffered early defeats at Indian Wells in four of the last six years

World number one Andy Murray says he has “work to do this year” after falling “behind” six other players over the course of 2017.

The rankings are calculated over a 12-month period but six of Murray’s rivals have accrued more points this year.

“When we start on 1 January, it’s back to square one,” said the Briton, who is in Indian Wells having won his first title of the year in Dubai last week.

The 29-year-old beat Fernando Verdasco to win the title for the first time.

But a fourth-round defeat by Mischa Zverev at the Australian Open in January means Murray has ground to make up on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Dominic Thiem and David Goffin in the 2017 rankings.