Murray aiming to leapfrog Federer

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Andy Murray has set his sights on usurping Roger Federer as the world No 3 after easing to his 19th career title in the final of the Thailand Open yesterday.

The British No 1 and current world No 4 (right) was simply too good for first-time finalist Donald Young, strolling to a 6-2 6-0 victory in Bangkok.

Murray made his first ATP Tour final at this tournament six years ago, when he was beaten in straight sets by Federer, and, after picking up his latest trophy, he has the Swiss very much in his sights.

The hard-court season's swing through Asia is followed by events back in Europe and Murray is primed for a string of victories to overtake Federer.

"Roger always plays very well on the European indoor courts, so I'm sure I'm going to have to win a lot more matches if I want to finish as No 3," Murray said.

Murray certainly looked in the mood to end the year on a high note yesterday, ruthlessly dispatching his 22-year-old opponent in just 47 minutes.

The Scot won the first four games before Young finally held to get on the board. Murray served out the set though and the American, ranked 55th in the world, could make no impact in the second.

"I just played really well," Murray said. "Towards the end of the first set he started to play a bit better, but once I got up in the second I hardly made any mistakes."