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Power Rankings: Federer takes over top spot
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Zack Pierce is an assistant managing editor for FOXSports.com.
Updated Aug 2, 2009 4:38 PM ET
Men's tennis power rankings
The Power Rankings are back after a hiatus for the French-Wimbledon stretch, and Roger Federer has overtaken Rafael Nadal for the top spot. His jump is one of many shake-ups in the new top 10.
How does it work? While the official ATP rankings take the entire previous year into account, our rankings deal only with the last four events in which each player has participated. This is designed to create a better estimate of who is hot now by putting the emphasis on recent action. We also take into account the quality of a player's wins and losses, meaning our rankings might look a lot different from the official ones.
Disagree with our rankings? Sound off in the comments section below. Enjoy! Women's rankings will be back next week.
Rankings account for events completed prior to July 9. A "+N/A" mark in the +/- column means the player was not ranked in the previous rankings. The World Team Championship in Dusseldorf in May was not considered when determining the rankings.
How could it be anyone else? The Swiss has won the last three big tournaments (Madrid-French-Wimbledon) and is once again the No. 1 player in the world.
You know that knee injury has a lot to do with his French Open loss. If he doesn't get healthy soon, he'll start to fall down the list. Hey, it's the rules.
A nice jump for Roddick after strong clay and grass showings. The win over Murray and the near-win over Federer makes him a clear-cut No. 3. He could rise even more.
Losing to Fernando Gonzalez on clay isn't terrible, but the bigger issue is his 0-2 mark against the ATP top 10 in this stretch. He expected more than the semis at Wimbledon too.
What to do with Robin Soderling in these rankings? The Swede's run to the French final was likely a fluke, but he
beat Nadal. And all his losses in this stretch are to either Federer or Nadal.
A good string of clay results for Gonzalez was followed by a bummer at the All England Club. The good news for the Chilean? The grass season is over.
Juan Martin Del Potro
Del Potro was up two sets to one on Federer in the French semis and couldn't seal the deal. He followed that with a second-round Wimbledon loss to Hewitt. That sequence has dropped him a bit.
Two wins over Djokovic, a run to the Wimbledon semis and your only losses are to Federer and Roddick? That'll get you in the top 10.
Djokovic only faced one top 10 player in this stretch, and he lost against Nadal in the Madrid semis. With disappointing French and Wimbledon results and two losses to Haas, Djokovic is slipping.
A real toss-up here for the final spot, but we'll give the edge to Davydenko on a slighty better four-tournament string of results.
Outside looking in
The big question
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Last four Madrid: 2R; French: 2R; Queen's: SF; Wimbledon: QF
Comment Beat two top 10 players during his Wimbledon run.
Last four Madrid: 3R; French: QF; s-Hertogenbosch: 1R; Wimbledon: 3R
Comment Another guy struggling with clay in the rear-view mirror.
Last four Munich: QF; French: 3R; Queen's: 3R; Wimbledon: QF
Comment Pushed Roddick to five sets at Wimbledon, but can he keep it up?
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