Andy Murray the New World Number 3

Andy Murray has been confirmed as the new world number 3 with the release of the latest rankings. Murray has surpassed the achievements of former British number ones Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski, who reached career-highs of fourth in the world rankings.

ATP Rankings
Ranking Player Country Points
1 Rafael Nadal (ESP) 15360
2 Roger Federer (SUI) 10170
3 Andy Murray (SRB) 8990
4 Novak Djokovic (GBR) 8920
5 Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4720
6 Andy Roddick (USA) 4040
7 Gilles Simon (FRA) 4030
8 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 3900
9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 3455
10 Gael Monfils (FRA) 3310
11 Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 3265
12 Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) 2945

Murray had known he would be number for over a week as the change in schedule last year to accommodate the Olympics meant that some tournaments were played a week late last year. Murray overtake Novak Djokovic in the rankings after the Serb failed to regain his Rome Masters Title, losing to clay god Rafael Nadal in the final.

Murray will now be hopeful of breaking up the dominance of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the top 2 spots, which will happen if the Scot can post two decent results in the upcoming Madrid masters and French Open. Murray said today

Rafa and Roger are probably the two best players ever so I’d love to try and break that up. The rankings reflect my good run and I just need to try and focus on winning. To get close, or in-between Roger and Rafa is tough, They’ve held the top two spots for five or six years. It’s an incredible run and Rafa has already won six Grand Slams. I just need to focus on winning matches.

Former Wimbledon favorite Tim Henman says Murray can go all the way to number 1 in the rankings.

The rankings don’t lie and he’s played so well since Wimbledon last year – there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s going to go higher and higher. There’s only two more spots to go but I really believe that he can be number one in the world one day. I think he’s got every opportunity of winning slams because his game is developing so quickly and he’s still so young.