Andy Murray rises above Roger Federer following superb performances

Victor Chandler

Andy Murray has answered back to his critics by displaying a run of form that has seen him overtake Roger Federer in the world rankings...

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Murray has now taken the third spot in the world rankings following his recent win in the Shanghai Masters. He has knocked the legendary Swiss champion down to fourth in doing so.

The British number one beat David Ferrer 7-5 6-4 to secure his most recent title in Shanghai; it has been Murrary's fifth title during 2011, marking an improvement in both form and consistency for the young Scot.

"I'm still not guaranteed to finish at number three, I'm going to have to win some more matches,” warned a cautious Murray.

"But if you finish in front of Federer in a year, then there's not many people the last five, six, seven years that have been able to say that."

The news is not so fantastic for Federer; he has yet to finish outside of the top three players in the world since Wimbledon 2003, where he earned the first of his 16 Grand Slam titles.

The undeniable success of Federer has given Murray a great deal of food for though; discussing the performance of the Swiss this season, he said: For a lot of years everything went very right for Federer. He's had a few tournaments this year where maybe things could have gone his way and they didn't but I'm sure next year he'll be competing. He's still playing great tennis."

Murray's current ranking is not his highest, as he briefly attained the world number two spot back in 2009; however, with three tournament wins in Asia this month alone, critics are finally starting to believe that Murrary has progressed his game enough to now become a permanent feature in the top three spots.

Meanwhile, Victor Chandler, bet365 and Boylesport currently offer 13/8 odds that Roger Federer will win exactly one Grand Slam title during 2012.

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