Men's Tennis Power Rankings: May 18

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Men's Tennis Power Rankings: May 18
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1. Rafael Nadal

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [Finalist] 600 pts; Rome [Winner] 1000 pts; Barcelona [Winner] 500 pts; Monte Carlo [Winner] 1000 pts. Total points – 3100.

The Madrid conclusion was a disappointment, but his semifinal victory over Djokovic only adds to his legacy as a competitor. Plus, the points he’s earned from his last four events are nearly as great as Federer’s and Djokovic’s combined.

2. (tie) Roger Federer

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [Winner] 1000 pts; Rome [Semifinalist] 360 pts; Monte Carlo [R16] 90 pts; Miami [Semifinalist] 360 pts. Total points – 1810.

Madrid has already replaced Hamburg as this Swiss’ favorite kind of clay. His victory, his first over Nadal in nearly two years, will give him the confidence boost he needs just in time for Paris.

2. (tie) Novak Djokovic

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [Semifinalist] 360 pts; Belgrade [Winner] 250 pts; Rome [Finalist] 600 pts; Monte Carlo [Finalist] 600 pts. Total points – 1810.

A faster than average clay court and an incendiary performance were not enough against Nadal in the Madrid semis. The consistency of his results, though, indicates more success in the rest of the year.

4. Andy Murray

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [Qfinalist] 180 pts; Rome [R32] 45 pts; Monte Carlo [Semifinalist] 360 pts; Miami [Winner] 1000 pts. Total points – 1585.

This spring’s clay court adventure was not so excellent for the hot Scot. Only his pre-dirt Miami win keeps him in the top four, and he’s probably looking forward to faster surfaces to come.

5. Juan Martin del Potro

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [Semifinalist] 360 pts; Rome [Qfinalist] 180 pts; Monte Carlo [R32] 10 pts; Miami [Semifinalist] 360 pts. Total points – 940.

Like in Miami, he scored a quarterfinal upset over one member of the elite top-four, only to lose decisively in the next round to another. Can the tallest player in the top 10 reach new heights, or will he remain in the bottom half of the top 8?

6. Fernando Gonzalez

Last four tournaments played: Rome [Semifinalist] 360 pts; Barcelona [Semifinalist] 180 pts; Miami [R32] 45 pts; Indian Wells [R16] 90 pts. Total points – 675.

His recent ankle injury was a shame, as he has put up a low-key (if that adjective can ever be used to describe Gonzo) but solid spring. If he recovers by next week, he could be hard to handle in France.

7. Fernando Verdasco

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [Qfinalist] 180 pts; Rome [Qfinalist] 180 pts; Barcelona [Qfinalist] 90 pts; Monte Carlo [Qfinalist] 180 pts. Total points – 630.

In Australia Verdasco’s heavy forehand and great fitness invited comparisons to Nadal. Since then he has shown how different the two are, though, as he consistently falls short at the quarterfinal stage.

8. Stanislas Wawrinka

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [R16] 90 pts; Rome [R32] 90 pts; Barcelona [R16] 45 pts; Monte Carlo [Semifinalist] 360 pts. Total points – 585.

Wawrinka, one of the sweetest hitters on tour, has not done much to back up his sweet win over Federer in Monte Carlo. All five of his career wins are on clay, but he has never been past the third round at the RG.

9. Nikolay Davydenko

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [R16] 90 pts; Rome [R64] 45 pts; Barcelona [Semifinalist] 180 pts; Monte Carlo [Qfinalist] 180 pts. Total points – 495 points.

Another walkover in Madrid disrupted the plucky Russian’s climb back into form. Paris has always been good for his game, but it remains to be seen if he’s ready this year.

10. David Ferrer

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [R32] 45 pts; Estoril [R16] 20 pts; Rome [R64] 10 pts; Barcelona [Finalist] 300 pts. Total points – 375.

The speedier courts in Madrid weren’t to Ferrer’s liking, as the scrappy Spaniard went down early. However, he remains a threat in Paris, where he won’t be a good bet to lose early.


Outside Looking In

1. Juan Monaco

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [R16] 90 points; Estoril [R16] 20 points; Rome [Qfinalist] 205 points; Barcelona [R16] 45 points. Total points – 360

The tough Argentine earned extra points by fighting through qualifying round in Rome, and earns recognition here for his skills on the clay.

2. Tomas Berdych

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [R32] 45 points; Munich [Winner] 250 points; Rome [R64] 10 points; Barcelona [R16] 45 points. Total points – 350

Currently ranked No. 20, Berdych has had a lackluster season thus far, but his Munich win may point to brighter days ahead.

3. James Blake

Last four tournaments played: Madrid [R16] 90 points; Estoril [Finalist] 150 points; Rome [R64] 10 points; Houston [R32] 0 points. Total points – 250

Following his run to the finals in Estoril, he probably enjoyed Madrid’s faster courts. Too bad he had an early assignment with Federer, who enjoyed them even more.

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