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Murray narrows gap on Djokovic

Andy Murray’s Wimbledon title allowed him to make a dent on Monday in the still-substantial gap in the ATP rankings between him and No 1 Novak Djokovic, last year’s champion at the All England Club.

Entering Wimbledon, Djokovic had nearly twice as many points as No 2 Murray, 16 950 to 8 915. But after Djokovic’s loss in the third round, and Murray’s third Grand Slam trophy, the margin is 15 040 to 10 195.

Serena Williams’ seventh title at Wimbledon and record-tying 22nd at a Grand Slam tournament kept her at No 1 in the WTA rankings, while runner-up Angelique Kerber jumped two spots to No 2.

The 34-year-old Williams, the oldest No 1 in WTA history, has held the top spot since February 2013.

Garbine Muguruza, who beat Williams in the French Open final but lost in Wimbledon’s second round, fell from No 2 to No 3.

Serena’s sister Venus moved up one spot to No 7 after reaching her first major semi-final since the 2010 US Open. At 36, she was the oldest woman to make it to the final four at a Grand Slam tournament since Martina Navratilova was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 1994.

There was little movement in the men’s top 10.

Roger Federer stayed at No 3, and Rafael Nadal at No 4. Tomas Berdych, who lost to Murray in the semi-finals, went from No 9 to No 8, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, beaten by the eventual champion in the quarter-finals, moved up two spots to No 10.

Lucas Pouille’s run to his first major quarter-final put him at a career-best No 21, a rise of nine places.


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