Andy Murray has dropped out of the world’s top 20 for the first time in over 18 months. Not since August 2006 has he been so low in the rankings and comes after his second-round defeat at the Sony Ericsson Open last week
Despite already having won two ATP tournaments this year, winning the Qatar Open and Open 13 in Marseille he drops down the rankings because his poor performance this year at the two American masters tournaments were a year earlier he had reached the semi final in both tournaments. However, the 20-year-old is still ranked in eighth place in the ATP Race, which is based on his performances in 2008.
I missed the next four months last year because of injury so I haven’t got any ranking points to defend and each week my ranking is going to move up for the next four months, so it doesn’t really worry me too much, It’s been a bit inconsistent but I’ve won two tournaments and beaten Roger Federer so it’s been a good start in patches. Some of the matches haven’t been good, I’ve lost a lot of close matches. But I’m happy with the way that it’s gone, I just need to be a bit more consistent.
Andy Murray will next play a tournament on the 14 April for his first clay-court appearance of the season in Valencia. Murray has signed up the 2 time French Open finalist Alex Corretja to improve his clay court game.
Other Ranking News
Rafael Nadal closed the gap on world number one Roger Federer after reaching the final in Miami to only 670 points and for the first time in recent years, Federer’s number 1 spot looks in doubt. OzzyOpen champion Novak Djokovic Stayed on top of the Race rankings despite a losing in the 1st round to Kevin Anderson with Federer down in 6th in the race.