Originally Posted by Mountaindewslave
it certainly isn't a shoe in that Murray takes his rank. I mean you act like its not many points but he would have to win a masters title probably and preform fairly well at the other events which obviously is not a given. if Nadal plays any of the asian swing or the WTF it becomes very unlikely. regardless, it's not as though it's some impressive feat if he did manage to pass a player who dissapeared for a good portion of the season
Well of course it's not a certainty, in fact if Nadal comes back for the Asian swing and WTF then Murray would probably have to win the USO or at least reach the final for him to have a good chance.
However, if you look at Murray's performance in the indoor season and Asian swing, it's been quite good. Last year he won Bangkok, Tokyo and Shanghai in the Asian swing.
If Nadal doesn't come back, then I'd say Murray will pass him. For example, USO SF and a TMS final together would give 1300 points. Surely he'd collect 800 points from the remaining tournaments.