Andy Murray Australian Open 2022

Andy Murray set for another rankings rise despite just one Rotterdam Open victory

Despite only winning one match at the Rotterdam Open, Andy Murray is set for yet another rise as he slowly but surely works his way up the ATP rankings.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray started the year ranked 135th in the ATP world rankings, but after an impressive Australian Summer is currently ranked 95th. This means he has risen 40 places just one month and one week into the new year.

The British icon reached his first final since 2019 at the Sydney International, before beating World number 21 Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five set thriller that lasted almost four hours at the Australian Open.

Murray’s ranking position now looks set to improve further as he is expected to rise to 87th following his opening round Rotterdam Open victory against Alexander Bublik.

Bublik was fresh off the back of a maiden tour level victory after beating World number three Alexander Zverev at the Montpelier Open last week.

Murray was then knocked out by World number nine Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has started the new season in fine fettle after reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

However, despite the already significant rankings rise with a further improvement expected, Murray deemed his trial with German coach Jan de Witt unsuccessful and has reappointed Stan Wawrinka’s coach Dani Vallverdu on another trial basis.

Vallverdu and Murray worked together between 2010 and 2014, a period where Murray reached the peak of his powers and won two of his three Grand Slam titles and reached a further three Slam finals.

This reshuffle of his coaching arrangements comes after he exited the ‘Happy Slam’ after a disappointing loss to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel.

Murray has accepted a wildcard entry into the main draw of next week’s Qatar Open and will feature at the Dubai Tennis Championships where he could potentially face 20-time Slam legend Novak Djokovic for the first time in five years.

This news comes after he revealed he will focus on Wimbledon as opposed to Roland Garros over fears clay may aggravate his injury.

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.