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