Del Potro out since January but overtakes Murray in world rankings

Backwards move: Andy Murray has moved down another place in the tennis world rankings.
Backwards move: Andy Murray has moved down another place in the tennis world rankings.©SNS Group

Andy Murray has suffered a further slump in his world ranking after a disastrous past few weeks. The one-time world number two has slipped one place to fifth, being overtaken by Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

Del Potro hasn’t played a competitive game of tennis since the Australian Open in January but, such is Murray’s recent slump, that he has been able to overtake the Scot in the world standings.

Murray exited the Monte Carlo Masters at the second round stage last week, losing 6-2 6-1 to Philipp Kohlschreiber. That result followed a second round exit from the Miami Masters at the hands of Mardy Fish at the end of March, which subsequently saw him lose his number three placing.

A wildcard entry in this week’s Barcelona Open was available to the 22-year-old but he elected instead to train with clay-court specialist Alex Corretja in a bid to recover from his poor performances.

Murray needs only to reach the last 16 of the forthcoming Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome to regain his spot at number four from del Potro.

ANDY MURRAY SLUMPS IN WORLD RANKINGS

“Sometimes, with things like this, you have to solve them yourself,” Murray told The Guardian in the wake of his exit in Monte Carlo.

“It's not really like a team sport. It's totally my fault. You put in all the work on the practice court then play like that? It's not fun.”

Murray reached the final of the Australian Open earlier this year but lost to Roger Federer in straight sets despite a battling performance. He took time out from a number of tournaments to recover from his exertions but is yet to return to form.

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