Andy Murray Loses at Montreal Masters to Kevin Anderson: Ranking to Plunge?

Shane LambertAnalyst IIAugust 9, 2011

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Andy Murray, the two time defending champion entering the Canadian Masters on the ATP Tour, was a player that many pundits were tipping to do a lot of damage in Montreal this week.

However the Scot has been sent packing after a second round loss to Kevin Anderson of South Africa. Anderson, who is 6'8", is a much improved player as he won ATP Johannesburg early this season and then made the Miami Masters quarterfinals a short time later.

For Anderson, the 6-3, 6-1 victory is a career highlight and the result was in no small part do to a strong serving performance as Anderson won 87% of the points played on his first serve.

For Murray, the early round loss in Montreal could hurt his ranking and he will lose favor with many fans as a major threat to win the 2011 US Open. 

As of the August 8th, 2011 rankings Murray is fourth in the world however having won the Canadian Masters in Toronto a year ago, Murray had all to lose this season. His 1000 ranking points from 2010 will now be replaced by a measly 45 although his position as the fourth ranked player in the world seems safe for the time being.

Fifth ranked Robin Soderling is not in the tournament and neither is sixth ranked David Ferrer. 

With Murray out of the tournament, Rafael Nadal's draw to the final has opened up as the world number two shared a semi with Murray.