Andy Murray says he aims to improve his ranking ahead of the US Open so that he can be seeded and avoid facing higher-ranked players at the start of the tournament.
Britain’s former world number one suffered his first out from Wimbledon after losing to American 20th seed John Isner in the second round on Wednesday.
“I was coming into Wimbledon feeling like I could have a deep run,” he said.
“If you play against top guys at the event’s beginning, it makes it more challenging.”
He added: “I want to try and improve my ranking to a level where I’m getting seeded in Slams. If not [by] the US Open, then going into the Australian Open next year.”
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion ranked 52nd in the world, has never failed to reach the third round in his last 13 appearances at Wimbledon, where he is a two-time winner.
There are no ranking points for players at Wimbledon this year as the ATP and WTA has stripped them of their points from the tournament following their decision to ban players from Russia and Belarus.
“One of the reasons why improving your ranking and getting seeded is important is to avoid playing top players and dangerous guys like that early in tournaments,” said Scot.
“It’s one of those matches that, had I got through, who knows what would have happened.”
The 35-year-old had hip resurfacing surgery in 2019, while an abdominal injury at the Stuttgart Open in June hampered his preparations for the grass-court slam.