British number one Andy Murray has overtaken Roger Federer in the World rankings for the first time. The Scot moves into third in the ATP rankings after successful defending the Shangahi Masters on Sunday.
Victory over David Ferrer on Sunday now means he has won 25 out of his last 26 games played. Prior to success in Shanghai, Murray had overcome Nadal in Japan and Donald Young in Bangkok to rise above the Swiss great. Murray now brings fine form into the season ending ATP master tournament held in London every year which comprises of the best eight players from the calendar year.
It has been a fantastic year for Murray but his search for a lucrative first grand slam continues though after he made the semi-finals of all four in 2011. Federer is left to reflect on tumbling out of the world’s top three for the first time since 2003 as, at the age of 30, he begins to show signs of decline. The Swiss legend, a winner of 16 grand slams, has claimed just one title in 2011.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic remains on top after a breath taking year and he will look to end the season with a win in London.
World Rankings: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 2. Rafael Nadal (SPA), 3. Andy Murray (GBR), 4. Roger Federer (SWI), 5. David Ferrer (SPA), 6. Robin Soderling (SWE), 7. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 8. Mardy Fish (USA), 9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 10. Gael Monfils (FRA), 11. Nicolas Almagro (SPA), 12. Gilles Simon (FRA), 13. Andy Roddick (USA), 14. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB), 15. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), 16. Viktor Troicki (SRB), 17. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR), 18. Richard Gasquet (FRA), 19. Stanislas Wawrinka (SWI), 20. Florian Mayer (GER).