I know this is irrelevant but I am currently in an argument with a guy who I chat with about tennis, who claims that based on achievements this year, Ferrer is ahead of Murray (based on ATP race and Slams) meanwhile I said Murray is ahead because he has three titles and a Slam final (one title being a Masters 1000) I also added that ATP Race can be deceiving because it caters people such as Ferrer who enter everything to get wins. Can anyone get some sense into this argument?
I'd agree with your friend. Ferrer has a GS semi and final, a Masters final, two other wins, two other finals and lots of points elsewhere. He has close to 1000 points more than Murray which I find hard to argue with.
And even if you only consider MS and GS, Ferrer is ahead by around 200 points.
The ATP race is just as deceiving as the official rankings and it's the best system we have for deciding who has had the most successful last x months. I assume you'd also argue that Rafa should be considered no. 4?
Of course, all this will change in 2 weeks when Andy wins Wimbledon!