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Federer's Hold On No. 2 In Jeopardy

Indian Wells

Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer is a four-time BNP Paribas Open champion.

Roger Federer’s hold on the No. 2 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings is on the line heading into the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season in Indian Wells. Federer, who is defending 1000 points as the reigning champion at the BNP Paribas Open, could be overtaken by Andy Murray if the Scot reaches the final.

Federer has ranked no lower than No. 2 since the week after Wimbledon last year, when he vaulted back to World No. 1 after winning his seventh career title at the All England Club.

Murray, the current holder of the US Open and Olympic singles titles, will be playing his first tournament since reaching the final of the Australian Open in January. Murray has never held the No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking but was No. 2 for a four-week period in August-September of 2009.

If Murray wins the Indian Wells title he is guaranteed to move to No. 2. If the Dunblane native finishes runner-up, Federer needs to reach the semi-finals or better to hold second spot. If Murray fails to reach the final he cannot overtake Federer.

Both Federer and Murray are closing in on career milestones, although neither can be achieved in Indian Wells. Federer is 12 wins away from notching 900 career match wins. Murray is 11 wins shy of 400 match wins.

Federer has won four BNP Paribas Open titles: 2004-’06 and last year. Murray finished runner-up in the desert in 2009.

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