Swiss maestro Roger Federer has jumped four places to clinch the sixth spot in the ATP rankings, which were released Monday.
The 35-year-old is defying all odds and continued his rich vein in the Indian Wells Masters as he defeated the world number three Stan Wawrinka to lift the title and became the oldest champion in the tournament’s history. Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the competition to book a place in the semi-final. He was scheduled to play Nick Kyrgios, but the Australian was pulled out due to sickness, allowing Federer to book a place in the final.
After spending close to six months on the treatment table, the former world number returned to the court and competed in a tour-level action as he participated in Australian Open. He eventually went on to win the tournament, and in the process, grabbed his 18th Grand Slam championship.
Andy Murray, who was shown the exit door in the second round of Indian Wells, retains his top spot and the second placed Novak Djokovic, who also left Indian Wells well early, is also holding his berth.
Here is how the standing looks like:
1. Andy Murray (GBR) 12,005 pts
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 8,915
3. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 5,705
4. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 4,730
5. Milos Raonic (CAN) 4,480
6. Roger Federer (SUI) 4,305
7. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 4,145
8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3,465
9. Marin Cilic (CRO) 3,420
10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 3,310.
The Swiss legend is now eyeing to move further in the rankings and is now bracing himself for the Miami Open.
“It’s an absolutely huge start to the year. Last season I didn’t win any titles. I don’t think I was in any finals except Brisbane. The change is dramatic and great.
“The goal was to be top eight after Wimbledon. So I’m there much faster. It’s great but you definitely have to reassess your goals. It was not part of the plan to win Australia and Indian Wells.
“I’d love to be world No.1 again. You would think I would need to win probably another Grand Slam for that to happen. I have one in the bag so I guess there is a possibility.
“But anything else other than world No.1 is not interesting. So that’s why the rankings are not a priority right now.
“It’s totally about being healthy, enjoying the tournaments.”