Murray beat Roberto Bautista Agut to win the Shanghai Masters on SundayLintao Zhang/Getty ImagesHow can Murray overtake Djokovic? He lost once to Croatian world no. 11 Marin Cilic for the 2016 Western & Southern Open ATP Masters 1000 title and to world number one Novak Djokovic during the 2016 French Open, the 2016 Internazionali BNL d'Italia and 2016 Mutua Madrid Open.
World No 19 Bautista Agut, who was playing his first Masters final, said it was clear how much Murray wanted to secure the top spot.
Murray's 7-6 6-1 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut in the final saw him add to the China Open title last weekend, a run of 10 straight victories, all in straight sets.
Thus, if Murray were to win the titles in Vienna and Paris and Djokovic was to fall before the final in the French capital the Scot would be the new world No. 1 heading to London fort the season-ending championship.
But he admits overhauling the 12-time Grand Slam victor will still be hard. The 29-year old Glasgow native now has a 4-4 win-loss record in championship matches.
Beating a better-rested field of competitors when you have an excuse not to is the trademark of a World No. 1 player.
"The start Novak had to the year was incredible but because that was three, four months ago, it's nearly like people are forgetting that he won the Aussie Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and the French Open, so he's a long way ahead of me".
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"I've won a lot of matches the last few months and made improvements to my game".
Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki struggled over three sets with Kristina Mladenovic before finishing off a 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 victory at the Hong Kong Open to earn the 25th title of her career.
I think I can see it in his eyes. "I have been moving forward better and changed the direction of the ball better", world number two Murray told reporters. "He's really focused on getting No. 1".
With Simon's first serve letting him down it then gave Murray a chance as he struck a mighty blow to any hopes Simon had by breaking for 2-0 with his fifth break point.
She broke twice more in the second, including in the first game, only for Mladenovic to respond in kind and force a breaker which she won when Wozniacki chased down a deft drop-shot but hit her forehand long.
The Frenchman then went on to save the break point but another one came for Murray as he took his chance, this time, around and broke the Frenchman for the second time in three games. "And right now I just want to finish these next few tournaments this year as best as I can".
In third place in the ATP rankings is US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, but the Swiss is well adrift of the top two on 5,820 points.