Monday, 31 March 2008

Who is defending what in Miami?

Murray's failure to close out against Ancic yesterday means he will slip out of the top 20 when the updated rankings are published next Monday. Murray is defending 250 ranking points following his run to the semi's last year.

It will be the first time he's been out of the top 20 for nearly 2 years. And as the Telegraph points out Murray's drop in the rankings means that he now faces the prospect of not being seeded at the coming clay-court Masters Series events in Monte Carlo, Rome and Hamburg. So if he is unlucky he could get a top 5 player in the first round.

The good news is that Murray's absence from the French Open and Wimbledon last year means he has no points to defend and is likely to climb back up the rankings if he can go deep in both tournaments.

Murray ranking problem prompted me to look up who is defending what in Miami. It makes for interesting reading:

Djokovic - champion 500 pts already out, second round

Canas - final 350 pts

Murray - Semi 225 pts already out, second round

Ljubicic - Semi 225 pts

Roddick - Quarter final 125 pts

Robredo - Quarter final 125 pts

Chela - Quarter final 125 pts

Nadal - Quarter final 125 pts

Federer - 4th round 75 pts

Davydenko 3rd round 35 pts

Nalbandian 3rd 35 pts

Safin - 2nd round 20 pts already out, first round

1 comment:

Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

Hi Steve, Van here. Thanks for your comment on my blog last week about the Anderson-Djokovic match. And I'm glad you appreciated my Run-DMC reference!

This is a very good posting on your blog: I'm a big tennis-stats freak and love reading that stuff! I didn't realize Andy was going to fall that far. It looks like there will be a few guys taking their lumps this tournament, such as Canas for one.

I just posted something today about how big I think this tournament is for Roger Federer and his march toward history. Check it out if you get a chance and let me know what you think.