Andy Murray Australian Open 2022

Mixed emotions for Andy Murray with ranking milestone and in-form titlist challenge

Andy Murray is back inside the ATP top 100 for the first time in over three and a half years but also faces a tough opponent in his opening match in Rotterdam. 

The former world number one is now ranked 95th in the world, up seven places from his ranking of 102nd from after the Australian Open.

Murray has not been inside the ATP top 100 since 10th June 2018, the day of that year’s Roland Garros final.

When the ATP rankings updated the next day, Murray’s points from reaching the semi-final at the event the previous year dropped, seeing him fall from 47th in the world to 157th.

This was his first foray outside the top 100 since first breaking into it as an 18-year-old in October 2005.

Later in July of 2018, Murray fell to as low as 839th in the rankings, but has kept himself safely within the 100th to 200th range since October 2019.

While his return to the top 100 is a good sign for the Brit, he suffers tough luck with his draw for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, the ATP 500 event where he takes to court next after accepting a wildcard.

There, Murray faces new ATP title winner Alexander Bublik, who defeated world number three Alexander Zverev in the final of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Sunday to clinch his maiden tour level trophy.

Should he progress past Bublik, Murray would then likely face Australian Open quarter-finalist and world number nine Felix Auger-Aliassime as the young Canadian faces Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov in his first round match in Rotterdam.

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