Andy Murray – The New ATP World Number 2

Andy Murray broke new ground once again as reaches the world number 2 spot for the first time in his short career. He was already the first ever Brit to reach world number 3 in the world after both Greg Rusedski and then Tim Henman peaked at number 4 in the world. He will now also be known as the Brit to reach the world number 2 spot.

Murray secured the number 2 spot last week in Montreal after reaching the final, he put even more distance between him and Rafael Nadal as he went on to win the title.

Murray and Federer have both prospered from Nadal’s injury that seen him miss Wimbledon (dropped 2000 points) and likely contribute to his loss in French Open. Murray’s  move up the rankings should not be overshadowed by this and his achievement is made even more significant when you consider that not for over 4 years has any other player than Roger Federer or Rafael occupied the top two spots.

Although Murray is defending champion at next weeks masters event in Cincinnati, he won’t be defending any points as he has already dropped those points due to the schedule change to accommodate the Olympics last year. Barring a first round knock out and Rafael Nadal winning the event Murray will be the Second seed at the US open.

Roger Federer is almost 2000 points ahead of Murray and looks in pole position to finish the year as world number 1. Murray or Nadal would really need to win the US Open to have any chance of snatching the world number 1 spot before then. If Murray was to beat Federer in the 2009 US final he would cut the gap to less than 500 points, making it a very real possibility.

ATP Rankings
Ranking Player Country Points
1 Roger Federer (SUI) 11040
2 Andy Murray (GBR) 9250
3 Rafael Nadal (ESP) 8665
4 Novak Djokovic (SRB) 7150
5 Andy Roddick (USA) 5800
6 Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 5405
7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 3960
8 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 3655
9 Gilles Simon (FRA) 3320
10 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 3185
11 Robin Soderling (SWE) 2905
12 Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) 2815