Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis Power Rankings: Roger Federer Back on Top

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during the men's singles fourth round match against Robin Soderling of Sweden on Day Seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Rob YorkSenior Writer IJune 30, 2009

The Top 10

1. Roger Federer—ATP Ranking: No. 2

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [Quarterfinalist and still alive] 360 pts, Roland Garros [Winner] 2000 pts, Madrid [Winner] 1000 pts, and Rome [Semifinalist] 360 pts. Total pts. 3720.

It now seems like years since the great Swiss’ spring slump, as he has recently dominated the game’s biggest events and shows no sign of slowing down. He’s already topped our power rankings, and it now appears inevitable that Federer will regain the ATP tour’s top spot shortly. 


2. Rafael Nadal—ATP Ranking: No. 1

Last Four Tournaments Played: Roland Garros [R16] 180 pts, Madrid [Runner-Up] 600 pts, Rome [Winner] 1000 pts, and Barcelona [Winner] 500 pts. Total pts. 2380.

Speaking of it seeming like years, it wasn’t all that long ago that Nadal had an intimidating lead in this race. By the time he returns to the game, he and his aching knee may be well behind Federer. 


3. Robin Soderling—ATP Ranking: No. 12

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [R16] 180 pts, Roland Garros [Runner-Up] 1,200 pts, Madrid [R32] 45 pts, Rome [R16] 90 pts. Total pts 1515.

If the power rankings reflect anything, it’s that it pays to do well in Grand Slams. The huge-hitting Swede’s run to the finals of Roland Garros earns him the lion’s share of his points, and the momentum from it carried him through the first three rounds of Wimbledon. The only question now is whether he can sustain the trend. 


4. Juan Martin del Potro—ATP Ranking: No. 5

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [R64] 45 pts, Roland Garros [Semifinalist] 720 pts, Madrid [Semifinalist] 360 pts, Rome [Quarterfinalist] 180 pts. Total pts 1405.

Though he hasn’t won titles at the recent events, the towering Argentine has made great strides. An unfortunate early assignment with an inspired Lleyton Hewitt was to his misfortune, but del Potro’s strong results should continue on the summer hard courts.


5. Fernando Gonzalez—ATP Ranking: No. 10

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [R32] 90 pts, Roland Garros [Semifinalist] 720 pts., Rome [Semifinalist] 360 pts, Barcelona [Semifinalist] 180 pts. Total pts 1350.

When he’s on he’s really on, and the Flayin’ Chilean has demonstrated a recent (and uncharacteristic) consistency since the clay season. Grass was less favorable to his huge swinging ways, but perhaps that is to be expected.


6. Andy Murray—ATP Ranking: No. 3

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [Quarterfinalist and still alive] 360 pts, Queens [Winner] 250 pts, Roland Garros [Quarterfinalist] 360 pts, Madrid [Quarterfinalist] 180 pts. Total pts. 1150.

Of all the names on the latter half of this list, Murray’s is certainly the most surprising, owing largely to his lackluster clay court season and the relatively small amount of points his Queen’s Club victory netted him. His fortunes would seem destined to rise, though, quite possibly at Wimbledon.


7. Novak Djokovic—ATP Ranking: No. 4

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [Quarterfinalist and still alive] 360 pts, Halle [Runner-Up] 150 pts, Roland Garros [R32] 90 pts, Madrid [Semifinalist] 360 pts. Total pts. 960.

If Soderling is an example of how rewarding Grand Slam results can be, the Djoker’s ranking reveals the ill effects of major disappointments. Fortunately, he has already used Wimbledon to improve upon his RG debacle.


8. Tommy Haas—ATP Ranking: No. 34

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [Quarterfinalist and still alive] 360 pts, Halle [Winner] 250 pts, Roland Garros [R16] 180 pts., Madrid [R32] 70 pts. Total pts. 860.

The gifted German veteran continues his long climb back. Though currently ranked outside the top 20, his results since the RG have been more consistent with that of a top 10 player. The biggest question in the events to come will be whether his 31-year-old body can still handle the demands of the tour.


9. Andy Roddick—ATP Ranking: No. 6

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [Quarterfinalist and still alive] 360 pts, Queens [Semifinalist] 90 pts., Roland Garros [R16] 180 pts, Madrid [Quarterfinalist] 180 pts. Total pts. 810.

After what was, for him anyway, a solid clay court season, Roddick hopes to migrate back toward the upper half of this list. Wimbledon offers him a chance to do so if he can navigate past his tough second week assignments. 


10. Nikolay Davydenko—ATP Ranking: No. 11

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [R32] 90 pts., Roland Garros [Quarterfinalist] 360 pts, Madrid [R16] 90 pts, Estoril [Semifinalist] 90 pts. Total pts 630. 

Consistency has its backdraws, especially when one consistently underperforms on grass. Still, it’s good to see the plucky Russian back in the game after a long absence during the first half of the year.


Outside Looking In

1. Lleyton Hewitt—ATP Ranking: No. 56

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [Quarterfinalist and still alive] 3600 pts, Queen’s Club [R16] 20 pts, Roland Garros [R32] 90 pts, Munich [Quarterfinalist] 45 pts. Total 515 pts.

It’s one thing for a down-on-his-luck veteran to out-fox a younger, stronger opponent. Hewitt, however, completely schooled del Potro in round two of Wimbledon, then backed it up by rallying down two sets against Radek Stepanek. We’re sure that’s satisfying, but also certain that Hewitt’s not done yet.


2. Ivo Karlovic—ATP Ranking: No. 36

Last Four Tournaments Played: Wimbledon [Quarterfinalist and still alive] 360 pts, Queen’s Club [Quarterfinalist] 45 pts, Roland Garros [R128] 10 pts, Madrid [R32] 45 pts. Total pts. 455.

The serve no one wants to face has been scarily effective so far at Wimbledon. It may take no less than Roger Federer to stop him in the quarters if his booming ways continue.

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