Men's Power Rankings: Gonzalez makes the cut

BY foxsports • May 16, 2009

























































































































Men's tennis power rankings

It's clay season, which means Americans are hard to find on anyone's top 10 list. This week, Andy Roddick falls off the Power Rankings as a few surprise newcomers make the list.



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.

Check out what our writers think and then sound off below.

Rankings account for events completed prior to May 6. A "+N/A" mark means the player was not ranked in the previous edition.
Rank
Player
+/-
ATP
Fan
Last four
Comment
1
Rafael
Nadal
1
1
Rome: W
Barcelona: W
Monte Carlo: W
Key Biscayne: QF
Rafael NadalHe's a juggernaut holding the rest of the tennis world at bay with the force and power of his game. There appears to be no release for his foes until the French Open ends.
2
Andy
Murray
4
4
Rome: R32
Monte Carlo: SF
Key Biscayne: W
Indian Wells: F
Andy MurrayAndy Murray is not finding firm footing on the clay. His points from the hard-court season are still carrying him, but if he fades early in Madrid, he will not sustain this ranking.
3
Novak Djokovic
3
3
Rome: F
Monte Carlo: F
Key Biscayne: F
Indian Wells: QF
Novak DjokovicUnlike Federer and Roddick, Djokovic seems content to be the best man and never the groom in this recent spate of finals, tending to come in second to Nadal.
4
Roger Federer
2
2
Rome: SF
Monte Carlo: R16
Key Biscayne: SF
Indian Wells: SF
Roger FedererRoger is playing just well enough to retain his ranking. He shows moments of brilliance but is not able to sustain his edge. Is he just biding his time until the French?
5
Fernando
Gonzalez
+N/A
12
9
Rome: SF
Barcelona: SF
Key Biscayne: R32
Indian Wells: R16
Fernando GonzalezSomebody put a burr under the Chilean's saddle. The Spaniards have been his undoing on clay, but Fernando's stock shot sky high in the past couple of weeks.
6
Juan Martin
Del Potro
+1
5
6
Rome: QF
Monte Carlo: R32
Key Biscayne: SF
Indian Wells: QF
Juan Martin del PotroThe lanky Argentine should be anticipating well with all his experience on clay; but his movements are a bit awkward at times and often slow when he meets the big guns.
7
Fernando Verdasco
-1
7
7
Rome: QF
Barcelona: QF
Monte Carlo: QF
Key Biscayne: QF
Fernando VerdascoVerdasco is solidly in the top eight in the men's rankings. Unfortunately he exits routinely at the quarterfinal stage when he meets the top players. This will be his next hurdle.
8
Stanislas
Wawrinka
+N/A
13
N/A
Rome: R16
Barcelona: R16
Monte Carlo: SF
Key Biscayne: R16
Stanislas WawrinkaAfter knocking out Federer in Monte Carlo, Wawrinka went on to reach the semis. He has an affinity for the clay so he should try to make the most of it in the next few weeks.
9
David
Ferrer
+N/A
14
N/A
Rome: R64
Barcelona: F
Monte Carlo: R16
Miami: R16
David FerrerWhile David Ferrer folded early in Rome, he had a spectacular run in Barcelona. Clay is his surface of choice and the European clay-court season is his best time of the year.
10
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
-2
9
8
Rome: R64
Key Biscayne: QF
Indian Wells: R32
Marseille: W
Jo-Wilfried TsongaTsonga is hanging on by a thread in these rankings. It is only his ancient win in Marseilles that keeps him in contention.
Outside looking in
Fan Top 10
Nikolay Davydenko
Last four — Rome: R32; Barcelona: SF; Monte Carlo: QF; Rotterdam: R16
Davydenko is making his presence felt as he returns full-time to the tour. His injury kept him down for two months.


Juan Monaco
Last four — Rome: QF; Barcelona: R16; Monte Carlo: R16; Key Biscayne: R64
Monaco had a deep run at Rome and an intense contest with Fernando Gonzalez. He should continue to roll as long as he skates on red clay.
1. Rafael Nadal — 9,373 points

2. Roger Federer — 5,527

3. Novak Djokovic — 4,519

4. Andy Murray — 3,951

5. Andy Roddick — 891

6. Juan Martin del Potro — 608

7. Fernando Verdasco — 550

8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga — 95

9. Fernando Gonzalez — 50

10. Gilles Simon — 42

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