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Murray confident of U.S. Open challenge

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  • Andy Murray defeats Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the Montreal Masters
  • The 22-year-old Briton now moves up to second position in the world rankings
  • Murray is optimistic that he can maintain his winning form until the U.S. Open
  • British number one Murray will defend his Cincinnati Masters title next week
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(CNN) -- New world number two Andy Murray is optimistic he can carry the form which gave him victory over Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the Montreal Masters into the U.S. Open.

Andy Murray climbed up to number two in the world after his victory in the Montreal Masters.

Andy Murray climbed up to number two in the world after his victory in the Montreal Masters.

The 22-year-old Briton completed a superb week by fighting back to beat Argentine del Potro 6-7 7-6 6-1 in the Montreal final to clinch his 13th career title, and his fifth of 2009.

He now heads to Cincinnati next week to defend the title he won there last year before the U.S. Open starts at Flushing Meadows on August 31.

"Obviously to win the tournament is great. The U.S. Open is still a couple weeks away, and you know, I'll focus on Cincinnati and try and play well again here," Murray said on his official Web site.

"I feel like I've got a good chance of doing well at the U.S. Open, but each week is a different week, and I'm not going to get too far ahead of myself. I'll just focus on Cincinnati."

Murray's success in Montreal also saw him climb above Rafael Nadal to second position in the new world rankings. No British player has ever been ranked higher than Murray since the system started in 1973.

And the Scot revealed that splitting world number one Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was perhaps even more of an important milestone than lifting the title.

"I love winning tournaments. It's great. Every player will tell you the same thing. But I've never been to number two in the world before," Murray added.

"It's something that I've never done. That's new to me. I've won a couple of Masters Series now, so it still feels great, but the number two is just maybe better because it's something different that means maybe a little bit more.

"This week was perfect preparation and I hope next week is the same and that I can go on to New York with a lot of confidence."

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