ATP rankings: Cilic, Nishikori climb into top 10 while Murray drops down
Andy Murray has dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2008, falling two spots to No. 11. Murray's drop (which should be temporary given he has no points to defend for the remainder of the season) was due to the two U.S. Open finalists. U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic is back in the top ten for the first time since 2010. The 25-year-old Croat won his career-high third title of the year in New York, defeating three top ten players in straight sets -- Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer, and Kei Nishikori -- to win his first Slam title and launch himself up seven spots to match his career-high at No. 9. Look for him to continue climbing the rankings the rest of the year. He is defending just 45 points for the rest of the season.
U.S. Open finalist Nishikori, who beat two reigning Slam champions in No. 4 Stan Wawrinka and No. 1 Novak Djokovic en route to his first Slam final is up to a career-high No. 8.
Here's how the ATP's Top 10 looks as we turn to the last two and a half months of the season:
- Novak Djokovic (12290)
- Rafael Nadal (8670)
- Roger Federer (8030)
- Stan Wawrinka (5625)
- David Ferrer (4495)
- Tomas Berdych (4240)
- Milos Raonic (4225)
- Kei Nishikori (3870)
- Marin Cilic (3845)
- Grigor Dimitrov (3710)
Even more interesting are the ATP Race to London rankings, which measures the points accumulated just in the 2014 season. Five spots remain for the ATP World Tour Finals and a cluster of players can make their move during the Asian swing and European indoor season. Ferrer, Berdych, Raonic, Dimitrov, and Murray are all separated by less than 400 points.
- Novak Djokovic (8150) - qualified
- Roger Federer (6880) - qualified
- Rafael Nadal (6645) - qualified
- Stan Wawrinka (4725)
- Marin Cilic (3935)
- Kei Nishikori (3675)
- David Ferrer (3535)
- Tomas Berdych (3510)
- Milos Raonic (3425)
- Grigor Dimitrov (3335)
- Andy Murray (3155)
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2555)
- Ernests Gulbis (2400)
There are just five Americans inside the top 100 after the U.S. Open. John Isner continues his reign as the highest-ranked American at No. 16, with Steve Johnson up for spots to hit a career-high at No. 47 and Donald Young at No. 50. But that rounds out the Americans in the top 50. Sam Querrey moved up six spots to No. 51 and Jack Sock fell 11 spots to No. 66. Tim Smyczek, who lost in the second round in New York, dropped fourteen spots to No. 104.
Other notable movers
- Roberto Bautista Agut, who was ranked No. 73 in the first week of the year, makes his top 15 debut.
- Gael Monfils, who made the U.S. Open quarterfinals, rises six spots to No. 18, his highest ranking in over two years.
- Unable to defend his U.S. Open semifinal points, Richard Gasquet is now outside the top 20 at No. 21. Gasquet, who was in the top ten at the start of the season, lost to Monfils in the third round.
- 20-year-old Dominic Thiem is at a new career-high of No. 36 after making the fourth round of a major for the first time.
- David Goffin continues his sudden rise up the rankings, moving up ten spots to No. 46. He was ranked No. 106 in July.