Rafael Nadal drops to lowest ranking in 10 years after Madrid loss

Rafael Nadal showed an improvement in his game during the Madrid Open but lost 400 points when he was unable to defend the title, causing him to fall to seventh place in this week's ATP world rankings

Madrid: Rafael Nadal has dropped three places to number seven in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday a day after his defeat in the Madrid Open final to Andy Murray.

This is the Spaniard's lowest ranking in ten years as Serb Novak Djokovic, who did not compete in Spain, continues to dominate.

Rafael NadalA dejected Rafael Nadal sits after being defeated by Andy Murray in the Madrid Open final at the Caja Magica (Magic Box) sports complex in Madrid on Sunday. Murray won 6-3, 6-2. Pic/AFP

Murray holds third place after stunning nine-time French Open champion Nadal 6-3, 6-2 to win his second clay-court title in a week after Munich. The Scot closes in on Swiss Roger Federer who went out in the second round in Madrid.

Milos Raonic, beaten in the Madrid quarter-finals, and Tomas Berdych, who made the semi-finals, each gain two places to sit fourth and fifth respectively.

Japan's Keiji Nishikori made a run to the semi-finals in the Spanish capital, and drops one place to sixth.

The current ATP rankings:

1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 13,845 points

2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 8,645

3. Andy Murray (Scotland) 7,130

4. Milos Raonic (Canada) 5,160 (+2)

5. Tomas Berdych (Czech) 5,140 (+2)

6. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 5,040 (-1)

7. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 4,990 (-3)

8. David Ferrer (Spain) 4,310

9. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 3,575

10. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 3,360

11. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 3,075

12. Gilles Simon (FRA) 2,255 (+1)

13. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 2,245 (-1)

14. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2,090

15. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2,065

16. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 1,925 (+1)

17. John Isner (USA) 1,855 (+1)

18. Tommy Robredo (ESP) 1,755 (+1)

19. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 1,715 (-3)

20. David Goffin (BEL) 1,705 (+1)

21. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 1,580 (+2)

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