Miami Win Hands Murray No. 2 Spot, Nadal Drops to No. 5
U.S. Open champion Andy Murray leapfrogged Roger Federer to regain the No. 2 ranking on the men’s tennis tour after winning the Miami Masters.
Murray saved a match point against David Ferrer to win the Miami final 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) two days ago.
The 25-year-old Briton moved up one spot behind top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the ATP World Tour rankings. Murray was last ranked second on Aug. 17, 2009, when he held the spot for four weeks. Men’s Grand Slam record holder Federer of Switzerland dropped to No. 3.
Ferrer moved back to No. 4, pushing French Open champion and fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal down to fifth place. Nadal and Federer didn’t play in Miami.
The men’s clay-court season, which ends with the French Open in May, starts next week.
There were no changes at the top of the rankings of the women’s WTA tour. Serena Williams of the U.S. remains No. 1 after she beat French Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia, ranked second, in the Miami final. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who didn’t play in Miami because of injury, is third while Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska is fourth.