Federer up to ATP No. 3 after Wimbledon; Muguruza WTA No. 5


Roger Federer's eighth Wimbledon title pushed him back up to No. 3 in the ATP rankings on Monday after he ended last season at No. 16.

And, because he sat out the last half of 2016, his points will only continue to accumulate, making a return to No. 1 a real possibility.

"I'm playing for titles at this stage of my career. Rankings, not so much, unless I'm as close as I am right now," said the 35-year-old Federer, who also clinched a berth in the season-ending ATP Finals, held in London on Nov. 12-19. So I just have to check the situation, if it's worth it to run after it or not."

Garbine Muguruza's first championship at the All England Club returned her to the WTA's top 10 at No. 5, a rise of 10 spots, while runner-up Venus Williams goes from No. 11 to No. 9.

Karolina Pliskova became the 23rd woman to be ranked No. 1, a debut for her that was guaranteed last week, based on results at Wimbledon. She had been No. 3, and swaps positions with former No. 1 Angelique Kerber.

Serena Williams has not competed since January because she is pregnant. By losing rankings points she earned last year, including a title at Wimbledon and runner-up finish at the French Open, she went from No. 4 to No. 15 on Monday — leaving her out of the top 10 for the first time since April 1, 2012.

The rankings count points from the preceding 52 weeks, which is why Pliskova is able to take over at No. 1 despite losing in the second round at the All England Club.

Pliskova, a 25-year-old from the Czech Republic, has never won a Grand Slam title — she's not the first player to top the rankings without that achievement on her resume — although she was the runner-up to Kerber at last year's U.S. Open and a semifinalist at Roland Garros last month.

Kerber lost in the first round at the French Open, then the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Simona Halep had a chance to be No. 1 this week but lost to Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. So Halep continues at No. 2, with Konta going from No. 7 to No. 4.

Federer's placement is his highest since he was No. 3 in August 2016, at the start of his half-year hiatus from the tour.

He has spent a total of 302 weeks as the ATP's No. 1 player in his career, a record.

One of Federer's coaches, Severin Luthi, was asked about aiming to return to the top spot.

"If it comes, for sure, it's amazing," Luthi said. "But for him, (winning majors is) more important."

Andy Murray held onto No. 1 despite losing in the quarterfinals of his title defense at the All England Club, ahead of No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon after winning the French Open.

Novak Djokovic remained at No. 4, while Stan Wawrinka dropped two spots to No. 5 after a first-round exit.

Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic stayed at No. 6.

___

Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

___

More AP tennis coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennnis


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had a rough time recovering from jaw injury he received against Cardinals
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had a rough time recovering from jaw injury he received against Cardinals

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had to admit that the shot he took in Week 1o from Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby set him back for a few days. There was some controversy after that hit, when Wilson was forced off of the field to be examined for concussion symptoms. He went into the injury tent, and emerged...
Louisville football: Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan thinks Tennessee should hire Bobby Petrino
Louisville football: Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan thinks Tennessee should hire Bobby Petrino

The college football regular season hasn’t even ended yet, and already the coaching carousel is in full swing. The most talked-about current openings are at Tennessee and Florida. Friday, ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum and former Georgia football coach Jim Donnan discussed who they believe the Volunteers will hire. Donnan...
Tennessee SEC Country picks: No one believes in Vols or Vanderbilt
Tennessee SEC Country picks: No one believes in Vols or Vanderbilt

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The close of college football’s regular season is fast approaching, and the reality for Tennessee is there likely won’t be any more opportunities for the Vols. Tennessee (4-6, 0-6 SEC) is a two-touchdown underdog to LSU (7-3, 4-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday under the lights at Neyland Stadium. The Vols&rsquo...
Baker Mayfield seeking Big 12 record 37th straight game with TD pass at Kansas
Baker Mayfield seeking Big 12 record 37th straight game with TD pass at Kansas

Baker Mayfield is on the verge of finishing a perfect 14-0 in true road games as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback when the Sooners face Kansas on Saturday. That’s not the only feat that is in reach for the senior this weekend. Mayfield can set a new Big 12 record at Kansas for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass...
Question of the Day: Will any of LSU’s star juniors return next season?
Question of the Day: Will any of LSU’s star juniors return next season?

SEC Country reporter Alex Hickey will answer your LSU Tigers sports queries each weekday in our LSU Question of the Day. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to @SECCountryLSU, @bigahickey or by email to Alex at alex.hickey@coxinc.com. Today’s question comes from Tyler Mann via this week’s Facebook...
More Stories