After several years of gracing the Top 3 spots of the ATP rankings, Roger Federer is no longer among the top three after staying on top for eight straight years.
The player responsible for ousting Federer is British tennis player, Andy Murray. During the release of the new rankings on Monday, Murray had jumped from the fourth spot to take Federer’s previously occupied No. 3 spot. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is still at the No. 1 spot while Spain’s Rafael Nadal takes No. 2.
Murray was able to clinch the No. 3 spot after he won three consecutive titles at Bangkok, Tokyo, and Shanghai. He has also won 25 of the 26 games he has participated in since the middle of August. On the other hand, Roger Federer has not participated in a single ATP event since the US Open where he was defeated by Novak Djokovic. He is now out of the top 3 for the first time in his career since July 2003.
During the said release of ranks, another milestone in tennis history was made as Kei Nishikori became the highest-ranked Japanese tennis player participating in the Open era. Nishikori was able to climb 17 spots up to clinch the No. 30 spot after having a productive play at Shanghai.