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Murray drops out of world's top 10

ESPN staff
September 9, 2014
Andy Murray is yet to progress past the quarter-finals of a grand slam under coach Amelie Mauresmo © Getty Images

Andy Murray has dropped out of the world's top 10 for the first time since 2008 and faces a battle to qualify for the end-of-season World Tour Finals.

Marin Cilic's straight-sets win over Kei Nishikori in Monday's US Open final, coupled with Murray's last eight exit to Novak Djokovic in New York, has pushed the Scot down to 11th in the world rankings.

Only the top eight in the world will contest November's event at the O2 Arena and Murray has said he won't "overplay" in a bid to up his ranking, insisting he will instead play the "right schedule".

Murray is due to play three more tournaments before the World Tour Finals and may need to reach the final of the Shanghai or Paris Masters to stand a decent chance of qualifying.

He will be competing with the likes of Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nishikori, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Tomas Berdych for one of four remaining spots, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka having already booked their places in London.

Murray reached No.3 in the rankings following his Wimbledon triumph last summer before undergoing back surgery in September.

He has since suffered three quarter-final exits at grand slams including two under coach Amelie Mauresmo, who was appointed as Murray's coach in June following his split with Ivan Lendl in March.

The Scot's last-16 win against Tsonga at Flushing Meadows was also his first against a top-10 opponent since beating Djokovic to win Wimbledon.

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