Murray ends year in fourth
Last Updated: 19/11/13 3:39pm
Andy Murray: Ends the season ranked fourth in the world
Andy Murray has managed to hold onto his fourth-placed world ranking despite missing the last two months of the season due to injury.
The Wimbledon champion could have slipped much lower had those behind him enjoyed impressive finishes to the campaign.
However, that did not happen and Murray finishes the year ranked fourth by the ATP - and that represents a considerable boost to his Australian Open hopes.
Murray, currently recovering from back surgery, should now hold onto a top-four ranking for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season in January. That would see him seeded in the top four in Melbourne, meaning he could not face Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic before the semi-finals.
Nadal locked down the season-ending number one ranking with his performances at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals over the past week, leaving 2012's year-end top dog Novak Djokovic - the man who beat Nadal in Monday's London final - in second.
David Ferrer is the other man ranked higher than Murray.
Roger Federer's run to the semis in London sees him finish the season in sixth spot - his lowest year-end ranking since 2002 when he also finished sixth.
He does, however, manage to retain his Swiss number one spot. Federer has held that position since 2001 but Stanislas Wawrinka, who also made the last four in London, has put that status under threat of late.
Juan Martin Del Potro ends the year fifth in the rankings with Tomas Berdych seventh and Wawrinka eighth.
The new ATP season begins on December 29 in Brisbane.
Before then, Murray hopes to return to action at the Dream Cup exhibition tournament in Barbados later this month.