Andy Murray’s hopes of returning to the London finals faded this weekend when Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic both moved ahead of the Scot in the latest ATP Race standings.
Following the US Open, Murray slipped to 11th, some 360 points behind No. 8 Tomas Berdych. Murray will have to at least make up that 360 point difference to have a chance at London.
Also, Cilic climbed to No. 5 while Nishikori moved to No. 6.
According to ATP Finals qualification rules, Cilic and No. 4 Wawrinka have both clinched spots in the Finals. And as long as Wawrinka stays in the Top 7, Cilic will be awarded a main draw spot in the finals provided he remains in the Top 20.
(Under ATP rules, the Top 7 ranked players gained automatic entry into the London Finals. Then the next two highest ranked Grand Slam winners are selected if they are in the Top 20. Then the next highest player is selected for the final spot.)
At the top, Novak Djokovic remains in front by a 1,270 point margin over Roger Federer and 1,505 advantage over Rafael Nadal. There are still two 1,000 point Masters events remaining along with the 1,500 point ATP Finals.
2014 ATP Race Standings (September 8)
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 8,150
2 Federer, Roger (SUI) 6,880
3 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 6,645
4 Wawrinka, Stan (SUI) 4,725
5 Cilic, Marin (CRO) 3,935
6 Nishikori, Kei (JPN) 3,675
7 Ferrer, David (ESP) 3,535
8 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 3,510
9 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 3,425
10 Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL) 3,335
11 Murray, Andy (GBR) 3,155
12 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 2,555
13 Gulbis, Ernests (LAT) 2,400
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