Written by Peter Gehr Senior Tennis Editor
Andy Murray dominates the Asian Masters in his third win in Shanghai. This now puts him in third place in the ATP tennis rankings.
Consequently, this pushes long-time top seed Roger Federer further down the list of top tennis players. Murray has been in fine form, and in a recent interview he mentioned his plan for 2011 was to push harder and play better, an attitude which has paid off in his game of late.
And, as the following report points out, Murray is well-positioned in the rankings.
Murray Outscoring Federer in ATP Tennis Rankings
“Murray has few points to defend before the end of the season and with Federer sidelined with an injury, the Scot is well-placed to end the season as world number three for the first time.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, who has won the Australian and US Opens as well as Wimbledon this year remains comfortably ahead despite taking time off to rest a back injury. French Open winner Rafael Nadal of Spain stays in second.”
ATP Tennis Rankings Top 4
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 13860 pt
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 10375
3. Andy Murray (GBR) 7825 (+1)
4. Roger Federer (GBR) 7780 (-1)
This development puts the pressure on the world’s best tennis players, and will continue to force them to keep at the top of their game with the new blood coming up the ranks.
Both Djokovic and Nadal remain #1 and #2 and have delivered the goods to hold their ground.
Federer has not been in fourth position since we last saw his pony-tail in 2003.
Does this come as a surprise? This will be the very first time the fiery Scotsman has overtaken Federer and must be a real boon to his confidence. However, it would go without saying that Murray realizes he needs to keep in top form to retain the lofty ranking.
With Nadal’s loss in Shanghai against Germany’s Florian Mayer, the heat is definitely on as the season gears up for a smashing finale. There’s a few tournaments remaining and the excitement mounts as the gap between the top players increasingly narrows, but with important matches yet to go with the Masters in Paris and then the World Tour Finals held in London.
It’s a wait and see for tennis fans around the globe and ATP tennis rankings will continue to fluctuate as the highly anticipated rivalries continue.