Federer slips to third in rankings

LONDON: Roger Federer slipped down one place to world number three on Monday, the first time the Swiss great has been ranked outside the top two since November 2003. Federer, winner of a record 16 grand slams, suffered a shock quarter-final defeat to Czech Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon, won for the second time on Sunday by world number one Rafael Nadal. Federer also lost at the same stage of the French Open in June, breaking a record sequence of 23 consecutive semifinal or better appearances in grand slams going back to Roland Garros in 2004.Serbian Novak Djokovic, who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, is now world number two.Federer was last at three in the world on November 10, 2003, since which time he has notched up 15 Grand Slam titles after opening his account at Wimbledon that year.