Men's Power Rankings: Verdasco moves up

BY foxsports • April 22, 2009

























































































































Men's tennis power rankings

Rafael Nadal holds down the top spot and Fernando Verdasco makes the week's only jump in the second edition of our men's tennis Power Rankings.



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 April 22.
Rank
Player
+/-
ATP
Fan
Last four
Comment
1
Rafael
Nadal
1
1
Monte Carlo: W
Key Biscayne: QF
Indian Wells: W
Rotterdam: F
Rafael NadalNadal captured another Masters title in Monte Carlo. With the clay season now in full force, it is improbable that Rafa will be taken out of his comfort zone.
2
Andy
Murray
4
2
Monte Carlo: SF
Key Biscayne: W
Indian Wells: F
Dubai: QF
Andy MurrayHis scintillating run continues with victories in Doha, Rotterdam and Indian Wells. All eyes will be on Murray to monitor his weakness and his workings on the clay.
3
Novak Djokovic
3
4
Monte Carlo: F
Key Biscayne: F
Indian Wells: QF
Dubai: W
Novak DjokovicAfter his dismal start to 2009, Nole has put behind his early losses. His efforts in the final in Monte Carlo against Nadal should bolster his clay hopes and expectations.
4
Roger Federer
2
3
Monte Carlo: R16
Key Biscayne: SF
Indian Wells: SF
Australian Open: F
Roger FedererThe former No. 1's woes continued as he lost early in Monte Carlo. His drought in Masters events goes on, and he has a tough fight ahead for the rest of the clay season.
5
Andy
Roddick
6
5
Key Biscayne: QF
Indian Wells: SF
Memphis: W
San Jose: SF
Andy RoddickRoddick took a break and skipped Monte Carlo. Clay, though, has never been his strong surface, and it remains to be seen how Roddick will defend his standing.
6
Fernando Verdasco
+2
7
6
Monte Carlo: QF
Key Biscayne: QF
Indian Wells: QF
Australian Open: SF
Fernando VerdascoClay is relished by most every Spanish player and Verdasco is no exception. With Rome, Hamburg, Madrid and Roland Garros ahead, his potential will be judged suitably.
7
Juan Martin del Potro
-1
5
7
Monte Carlo: R32
Key Biscayne: SF
Indian Wells: QF
Memphis: QF
Juan Martin del PotroAll of Del Potro's stopped runs have been due to bludgeoning from the higher-ranked stars. But he has age on his side and is a member of the club that thrives on clay.
8
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
-1
11
N/A
Key Biscayne: QF
Indian Wells: R32
Marseille: W
Rotterdam: QF
Jo-Wilfried TsongaHe did not play in Monte Carlo, nor has he been living up to his standards. With the close competition brewing, it is imperative for Tsonga to do justice to what is expected.
9
Gilles Simon
9
N/A
Monte Carlo: R32
Key Biscayne: R16
Indian Wells: R32
Dubai: SF
Gilles SimonBreaking into the ATP top 10 for the first time last season, Simon has found himself gasping for breath more than once this year and hasn't yet given a top 10-like show.
10
Gael
Monfils
10
9
Monte Carlo: R64
Key Biscayne: R16
Indian Wells: R64
Acapulco: F
Gael MonfilsThe third French player to make this week's rankings; Monfils' story is more or less similar to Tsonga's and Simon's. He needs to work on his performance.
Outside looking in
Fan Top 10
Stanislas Wawrinka
Last four — Monte Carlo: SF; Key Biscayne: R16; Indian Wells: R16; Australian Open: 3R
Wawrinka is the surprise this week after having caused an upset over Swiss compatriot and world No. 2 Roger Federer.


Nikolay Davydenko
Last four — Monte Carlo: QF; Rotterdam: R16; Chennai: R16; Shanghai: F
Monte Carlo was his first tournament after complete recovery from the heel injury that has plagued him.
1. Rafael Nadal — 3,856 points

2. Andy Murray — 2,037

3. Roger Federer — 2,006

4. Novak Djokovic — 1,542

5. Andy Roddick — 349

6. Fernando Verdasco — 309

7. Juan Martin del Potro — 292

8. Nikolay Davydenko — 39

9. Gael Monfils — 22

10. Stanislas Wawrinka — 16

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