Murray in rankings fall
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:59
The British number one has been overtaken by Juan Martin Del Potro after choosing not to defend his Qatar Open crown.
Murray, who decided playing in the Hopman Cup with Laura Robson would be better preparation for next week’s Australian Open, therefore loses the 250 ranking points he picked up last year. The 22-year-old will now be seeded fifth for the first grand slam of the year and could therefore meet any of the top four in the quarter-finals.
Murray, though, has yet to get past the fourth round in Melbourne in four previous attempts and is not concerned by his rankings slide.
“I really don’t think the seedings make any difference,” he told the Daily Record. “If you get to the quarter-finals, you’re going to have to beat the best players anyway.
“Maybe it’s one more than normal but you bank on the top four seeds getting to the last eight.
“There are always surprises and I need to make sure I get there myself first.”
Roger Federer remains the world’s top-ranked player, followed by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Del Potro and Murray.
Meanwhile, Murray is reportedly being targeted as a replacement for Federer at this week’s Kooyong Classic exhibition.
The Swiss star pulled out of the event at the weekend and the chances of matches against the likes of US Open champion Del Potro, Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Fernando Verdasco may be tempting for Murray.