Nadal’s rising

PARIS (AFP) – Rafael Nadal’s epic final victory over Roger Federer at Wimbledon has seen him close the gap on the world number one to 545 points in the ATP rankings.

The Spaniard could end the Swiss’ stay at the top of the rankings, a position he has held for a record number of weeks since February 2004, before the end of the season.

Nadal, 22, only reached the fourth round of last year’s US Open and a better performance this year would give him a rankings boost. Federer must win the event to defend the points he earned at Flushing Meadows last year.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Andy Murray has climbed back into the top 10.

Murray moved up from 11th to ninth after reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, his best performance in a Grand Slam.

Murray had no ranking points to defend from this time last year, when he missed almost three months of the season with a wrist injury.

The ATP world rankings:-

1. Roger Federer (SUI) 6600

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6055

3. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4945

4. David Ferrer (ESP) 3045 (+1)

5. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 2970 (-1)

6. Andy Roddick (USA) 2065

7. David Nalbandian (ARG) 2030

8. James Blake (USA) 1975

9. Andy Murray (GBR) 1805 (+2)

10. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 1760 (-1)

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