Federer slips in world rankings

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has dropped to number four in the ATP rankings – the first time he has fallen out of the top three since June 2003.

This content was published on October 17, 2011 - 10:59 and agencies

He has been overtaken by British player Andy Murray, who on Sunday defeated David Ferrer 7-5, 6-4 to win the Shanghai Masters. Federer reached the final in Shanghai last year but skipped this year’s tournament, costing him valuable points.

“I’m still not guaranteed to finish at number three,” Murray said. “I’m still going to have to win some more matches. But if you finish in front of Federer in a year, then there’s not many people the last five, six, seven years that have been able to say that.”

Thirty-year-old Federer, who will finish a season without a grand slam title for the first time since 2002, is expected to return for the Swiss Indoors in Basel but still has a number of points to defend after winning the ATP World Tour Finals in London last year.

The men’s rankings are still topped by Novak Djokovic, who is comfortably ahead of Rafael Nadal.

Switzerland has two players in the top 20 – Stanislas Wawrinka is 19th – but that’s where the good news ends: the third-best Swiss, Marco Chiudinelli, is ranked 223rd.

The situation is even grimmer for Switzerland’s women: the top female Swiss, Stefanie Vögele, is 142nd in the world.

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