| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Kenneth B. Goldberg

For the first time in eight years, Switzerland's Roger Federer has fallen out of the top three in the ATP rankings. Great Britain’s Andy Murray rises from fourth to third in the new ATP Rankings, with Federer dropping from third to fourth. Serbian Novak Djokovic, the 2011 U.S. Open champ, remains in the top spot at number one, followed by his opponent in the finals of the 2011 U.S. Open, Spain's Rafael Nadal at number two.

Murray has captured three consecutive titles, in Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai, winning 25 of 26 matches since mid-August. Federer, who hasn’t played an ATP event since losing to Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals on Sept. 10, is out of the top three for the first time since July of 2003.