Murray, who has been the world’s second-ranked player a number of times since 2009, can surpass Djokovic in the ATP rankings with a victory in the Masters 1000 event in Bercy if his great Serbian rival falls before Sunday’s final.
Djokovic and Murray, both 29 years old, were thousands of points apart in the rankings following June’s Roland Garros final, which the former won against the latter in four sets.
But 12-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic’s usually stratospheric standards have slipped in the period since then, giving Murray a shot at surpassing him at the summit of the sport.
And Murray, who is aiming to become the first British singles player ever – male or female – to be ranked number one in the world, said: “I do deserve to be there, because the rankings don’t lie.
“It’s a long season. We have a lot of mandatory events that pretty much all of the top players play in.
“If you’re ranked one or two or three or four, that’s where you deserve to be ranked providing you’re fit.
“I have been healthy the whole year, and the last four or five months I have played the best tennis of my career.
“So I deserve to be ranked No 2 in the world now and Novak deserves to be No 1 because of the year that he’s had.”
Murray added: “[Novak] has had a great year with maybe one or two losses that you maybe wouldn’t expect.
“But he’s had an amazing year. Even the last few months, he’s been in the US Open final and also won Cincinnati and the semis of Shanghai. He’s doing all right.”
The British No 1 insists he won’t be bothered if he doesn’t surpass Djokovic before the end of the year and knows there will be opportunities to take the reigning Australian Open and French Open champion’s mantle in 2017.
“It’s not in my control. Even if I win all of my matches this week, I still might not get there,” Murray said. “It’s in Novak’s hands. He’s ahead now, so if he wins his matches and gets to the latter stages of the last two tournaments, then he’ll most likely keep the No. 1 spot.
“I don’t feel any differently now to how I did six, eight weeks ago. My goal wasn’t to finish No 1 at the end of this year. I wanted to finish this year as strong as possible, and I think there is a lot stronger chance of doing it in the early part of next year, which is what I targeted rather than this week.”