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Andy Murray's absence, Rafael Nadal's exit open World No. 1 ranking gates for Roger Federer

Andy Murray's absence, Rafael Nadal's exit open World No. 1 ranking gates for Roger Federer

Speculations were also that Federer was in the race for the numero uno spot and now with Nadal's shock exit, the road seems clear for him. If he is able to win the Rogers Cup tomorrow, then he is bound to become the World No.1 yet again, on August 21 with an equal or a better finish than Nadal at the Cincinnati masters.

Andy Murray out of Cincinnati Masters with hip injury

Andy Murray out of Cincinnati Masters with hip injury

The 30-year-old Scotsman, who has topped the rankings since last November, could be overtaken this week by French Open champion Rafael Nadal if the Spaniard reaches this week`s Montreal semi-finals.

Rafael Nadal eyes ATP No. 1 spot in Montreal, with Andy Murray ruled out

Rafael Nadal eyes ATP No. 1 spot in Montreal, with Andy Murray ruled out

A semi-final run in Montreal would see the Spaniard supplant Britain`s Andy Murray atop the rankings.

Andy Murray pulls out Rogers Cup 2017; Rafael Nadal to reclaim No. 1 spot with semi-final showing

Andy Murray pulls out Rogers Cup 2017; Rafael Nadal to reclaim No. 1 spot with semi-final showing

Earlier this week, 19-time Grand Slam winner announced his return to Canadian hardcourt after six years of gap. Thus, Nadal and Federer will stand as top seeds for the first time since Monte Carlo Open, back in April 2011.

ATP Men's Singles Rankings: Novak Djokovic dropped to 5th, Andy Murray continues to lead

ATP Men's Singles Rankings: Novak Djokovic dropped to 5th, Andy Murray continues to lead

Briton Andy Murray remains top ahead of Rafael Nadal with Roger Federer third.

Andy Murray continues to lead ATP Men's Singles Rankings despite Wimbledon debacle

Andy Murray continues to lead ATP Men's Singles Rankings despite Wimbledon debacle

There were no changes in this week`s rankings, as Spain`s Rafael Nadal came second, followed by Roger Federer of Switzerland, reports Efe.

Andy Roddick reflects on career spent in vacuum of Big Four

Andy Roddick reflects on career spent in vacuum of Big Four

International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Andy Roddick said on Saturday he was honoured to have played in the era of the Big Four, but also acknowledged that they caused him no end of frustration during his career.

ATP Rankings: Roger Federer breaks into top 3 after claiming eighth Wimbledon title

ATP Rankings: Roger Federer breaks into top 3 after claiming eighth Wimbledon title

This is the first time that the Swiss international has advanced into the top-3 in 11 months. It was back in August 22, 2016 that Federer had slipped down a spot to No. 4 and then on missing the rest of the season, he found himself to as low as No. 17.

Andy Murray quickly corrects journalist's 'casual sexism' following Wimbledon quarter-finals exit to Sam Querrey

Andy Murray quickly corrects journalist's 'casual sexism' following Wimbledon quarter-finals exit to Sam Querrey

Murray slumped to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1 defeat to Querrey in the contest which lasted two hours and 41 minutes on the Centre Court.

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer becomes favourite to win record eighth title as other big stars crash out before semis

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer becomes favourite to win record eighth title as other big stars crash out before semis

Federer will next face Berdych in the semis. In the other semi-final, Querrey will take on Cilic.

Wimbledon 2017, Day 9: Sam Querrey ends Andy Murray's title defence dream, Roger Federer makes record 12th semis

Wimbledon 2017, Day 9: Sam Querrey ends Andy Murray's title defence dream, Roger Federer makes record 12th semis

Federer has yet to drop a set in the tournament this year and with defending champion Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal all out he is a huge favourite to become the first man to win the Wimbledon title eight times.

Sam Querry stuns World No 1 Andy Murray in Wimbledon quarter-finals

Sam Querry stuns World No 1 Andy Murray in Wimbledon quarter-finals

While Murray claimed that set on a tiebreak, it was downhill from there as Querrey won nine games in a row to take the fourth set 6-1 and open up a 3-0 lead in the fifth.

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray makes 10th straight quarter-final

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray makes 10th straight quarter-final

Murray was not at his best against Paire and his faltering serve was frequently exploited by the 46th-ranked Frenchman, who caused the Briton trouble without being able to inflict any lasting damage.

Wimbledon 2017: Top players can deal with problems better, says former Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl

Wimbledon 2017: Top players can deal with problems better, says former Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl

Lendl, who coaches world number one Andy Murray, said that the Briton, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been able to stay at the top of men`s tennis due to their mental strength.

Wimbledon 2017: Big Four must switch off cruise control on Manic Monday at All England Club

Wimbledon 2017: Big Four must switch off cruise control on Manic Monday at All England Club

Defending champion and home favourite Andy Murray is up against Benoit Paire, the tall bearded Frenchman who seems to have finally come to terms with playing on grass.

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray overcomes brutal tussle with Fabio Fognini to reach last 16

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray overcomes brutal tussle with Fabio Fognini to reach last 16

The world number one and defending champion was far from his best against the 29th-ranked Fognini, but still booked a fourth- round spot with a rip-roaring 6-2 4-6 6-1 7-5 win on Friday.

Wimbledon 2017, Day 5: Marin Cilic reaches fourth round without dropping a set, Kei Nishikori beaten

Wimbledon 2017, Day 5: Marin Cilic reaches fourth round without dropping a set, Kei Nishikori beaten

Bautista Agut will face stiffer opposition on Monday when he plays Croatia`s seventh seed Marin Cilic.  

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal lead third-round charge at All England Club

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal lead third-round charge at All England Club

Both are in superb form and have yet to drop a set at this year`s championship. Britain`s Murray, the number one seed, will face 28th ranked Fabio Fognini from Italy while Spaniard Nadal will go up against Russian Karen Khachanov, ranked 30.

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray, Venus Williams through as players battle severe heat, bugs

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray, Venus Williams through as players battle severe heat, bugs

Next up for Murray is a clash with colourful Italian 28th seed Fabio Fognini in Friday`s third round.

Wimbledon 2017, Day 3: Victoria Azarenka victorious as Kei Nishikori, Johanna Konta sweat

Wimbledon 2017, Day 3: Victoria Azarenka victorious as Kei Nishikori, Johanna Konta sweat

Former world number one Azarenka, playing her first Grand Slam tournament since giving birth to first child Leo in December, knocked out Russian 15th seed Elena Vesnina.