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Nadal drops out of ATP top three

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NADAL OUTPARIS, February 23- Rafael Nadal has slipped a place to four in the latests ATP Rankings published on Monday after losing his first semi-final on clay in 12 years in Rio.

The third spot previously occupied by the Spaniard is now filled by Andy Murray, last in action when losing in the quarter-finals in Rotterdam 10 days ago.

This is the first time Nadal has not figured in the top three since August, 2013.

Novak Djokovic, who heads the seeds at this week’s Dubai Open, retains his steely grip on the rankings ahead of Roger Federer.

RANKINGS (TOP 21)

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 13.045

2. Roger Federer (SUI) 9.205

3. Andy Murray (GBR) 5.460

4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 5.425

5. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 5.205

6. Milos Raonic (CAN) 4.980

7. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 4.595

8. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 4.460

9. David Ferrer (ESP) 4.185

10. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL). 3.465

11. Marin Cilic (CRO) 3.450

12. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2.395

13. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 2.325

14. Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 2.125

15. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 2.125

16. Gilles Simon (FRA) 2.095

17. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2.020

18. Tommy Robredo (ESP) 1.755

19. Gaël Monfils (FRA) 1.740

20. John Isner (USA) 1.720

21. David Goffin (BEL) 1.659

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