Britain’s Murray and Watson fall in world rankings

INJURED Andy Murray has fallen to No4 in the world following the latest update to the rankings.

Murray is set to miss the rest of the season following back surgery and has slipped below David Ferrer after the Spaniard reached the last-16 of last week’s Shanghai Masters – won by world No2 Novak Djokovic in three sets from Juan Martin del Potro.

The 26-year-old Scot, who won the Wimbledon singles title in the summer, will now anxiously watch the World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London next month.

A strong performance from Argentina’s Del Potro could cost Murray a top-four seeding at the Australian Open in January, and therefore potentially set up an early meeting with either Djokovic or world No1 Rafael Nadal at the Rod Laver Arena.

Meanwhile, Heather Watson’s miserable 2013 continued yesterday as she lost in the opening round of the Luxembourg Open and dropped behind compatriot Johanna Konta to 133rd in the world rankings.

Watson has struggled with leg and back injuries this season, plus a debilitating bout of glandular fever.

And the 21-year-old suffered her eighth defeat in nine matches yesterday, losing to Belgium’s world No63 Yanina Wickmayer 6-0, 5-7, 6-2.

Watson lost the first set in just 24 minutes.

But she showed character to draw level, before eventually falling at the first hurdle, just as she did in Japan last week.

British No1 Laura Robson is down four places to 46th, having also suffered a first round elimination at the Japan Open and yesterday split with coach Miles Maclagan after just four months of working together.

A run of three wins in four tournaments prompted the change.