Rafael Nadal's No. 2 Ranking in Jeopardy Following ATP Montreal Upset?

Shane LambertAnalyst IIAugust 11, 2011

Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal has been eliminated from the Rogers Cup draw (Canadian Masters) as the world No. 2 suffered an upset on Wednesday night to Croatia's Ivan Dodig.

With the loss, some tennis fans might be wondering if Nadal's status as the second-ranked player on the ATP is immediately threatened.

The answer to that question is "no" as Nadal will remain the second-ranked player in the world despite the early round loss in the prestigious Masters event.

Nadal entered this week with 11,770 ranking points and even though he has failed to defend 315 of the 360 ranking points he earned last season at the Rogers Cup, the impact on his total will not be so large as to opportune Roger Federer with the chance to regain the world No. 2 ranking.

Nadal should be down to 11,455 ranking points when the Monday rankings update on August 15. 

Federer, who entered this week with 9,710 ranking points, made the final of the Rogers Cup last season and as a result he has has 600 ranking points to defend this season. Even if Federer is able to win the title in Montreal this week, he will only turn a net gain of 400 ranking points.

He would definitely inch closer to overtaking Nadal for second spot on tour but for the time being the top four would remain the same.