Andy Murray’s brilliant win in the Cincinnati masters has propelled him up the world rankings to a record high of number 6. He jumps Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian and James Blake and is now within striking distance of that coveted top 5 spot.
Murray is at this very moment just over 600 points behind David Ferrer and Nikolay Davydenko, who will both lose their 2007 Cincinnati Masters and 2007 Rogers cups points in the next weeks. In Daveydenko’s case this will be 350 points and David Ferrer 200 points bringing the gap down considerably. In addition both these players reached the US Open semi-finals last year and anything short of repeating this will likely see Murray leapfrog them if Murray himself reaches the later stages of the US Open having only reached the third round last year.
Roger Federer keeps his first place spot for at least another week, though this only down to the schedule change for the Olympics which means last years Cincinnati Masters points still count towards the total, these will not be removed for another 2 weeks. Though there is nothing Federer can do to stop Nadal from taking over 1st place.
Murray though is destined to finish in the top 5 this year and in the new ATP race rankings Murray is placed in 5th place. The Race rankings are for results to date as opposed to the main ATP rankings which is based on the last 12 months.
Murray’s new 6th place now guarantees him a top 8th seeding at the US Open, which means the earliest he could meet a top 8 player will be the quarter finals.