Move over Rafael Nadal… David Ferrer is still the highest-ranking Latino tennis player in the world…
The 31-year-old Spanish tennis star has climbed to the No. 3 spot in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career.
Ferrer had never before managed to crack the Top 3 since beginning his pro career in 2000.
He followed up his first Grand Slam final appearance at the French Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where he lost to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.
Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Roger Federer fell to the No. 5 spot, his lowest ranking in 10 years.
Federer, for his part, dropped in the rankings after being stunned in the second round at Wimbledon by unheralded Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).
The Swiss great, winner of a record 17 Grand Slam men’s singles titles and seven championships at the All England Club, was the defending champion at Wimbledon.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic retained the No. 1 spot, while Scotland’s Andy Murray stayed at No. 2.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who also made an early exit from Wimbledon this year, is in the No. 4 slot.
Belgium’s Steve Darcis knocked off Nadal 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 at Wimbledon, marking the first time the Spaniard has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam event.