Tennis: Murray supplants Federer at No. 3 in rankings

AP, Tuesday 18 Oct 2011

For the first time in eight years, Roger Federer has fallen out of the top 3 in the ATP rankings

Murray and Federer
Murray and Federer

Britain’s Andy Murray moved from fourth to third in the new rankings released Monday, with Federer dropping from No. 3 to No. 4. Novak Djokovic remains No. 1 and Rafael Nadal No. 2.

Murray has captured three consecutive titles in Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai, winning 25 of 26 matches since mid-August. Federer, who hasn’t played an ATP event since losing to Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals, is out of the top 3 for the first time since July 2003.

Also Monday, Kei Nishikori became the highest-ranked Japanese player in the Open era, climbing 17 spots to No. 30 after reaching the Shanghai semifinals.

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