Power Rankings for the Week of March 18 through March 24

Posted: March 18, 2012 by Dan Martin in John Isner, Novak Djokovic, Poll, Power Rankings, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer
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Dan Martin’s 2012 Power Rankings for the

Week of March 18 through March 24

1.  Novak Djokovic – Novak is still holding the top spot, but his loss to John Isner may mean 2011 is in the past.

2.  Roger Federer – Fed’s titles in Dubai, Rotterdam and Indian Wells have him looking strong.  73 career titles and 19 Masters 1000 titles.  Beating Rafael Nadal is a big thing for Roger as well.  Change from last week +1

3. Rafael Nadal – An Australian Open runner-up finish and a semifinal in Indian Wells is a solid 2012, but losing to a streaking Federer has Rafa slipping a spot.  Change from last week -1.

4. Juan Martin del Potro – Delpo continues to struggle versus Federer, but the two players ahead of him had “bad” losses.  Change from last week +2.

5.  Andy Murray – Losing right out of the gate mars some of Murray’s promising 2012.  I expect Murray to rise once Miami is in the books.  Change from last week – 1.

6.  David Ferrer – Ferrer has played great tennis in 2012, but Indian Wells was not his best showing.  Change from last week -1.

7.  Nicolas Almagro – Almagro is playing well enough to hold his spot.

8. John Isner – Big John debuts after reaching the Indian Wells final while also beating world #1 Novak Djokovic.  Isner is one of the harder players to game plan against because he pretty much dictates how the match will be played.  In the past 52 weeks, Isner has beaten Djokovic and Federer as well as taking Rafa five sets at Roland Garros.  He’s a match-up nightmare.  Change from last week – Debuts in the top 10.

9.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – He needs a nice event in Miami to remain in the list.  2012 has not been as strong for Tsonga as his end to 2011 was.  Change from last week – 1.

10.  Milos Raonic – Two titles and one runner-up finish will keep him at #10.  He also acquitted himself well versus Roger Federer at Indian Wells.

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Comments
  1. Mike Swanquis says:

    I’ll have to check my calculations, but I’m pretty sure that even if Nole doesn’t lose to Isner, 2011 is still in the past!

    Didn’t catch a single match of Indian Wells (moving apartments, time difference, March Madness, etc.), but happy to see Federer come up with the goods. How is Dolgo looking out there?

    (And for those begging Dan to also cover women’s tennis: the man’s a scholar, a father, a lover–and very rarely a fighter–a smoother operator and a poet who is kind enough to grace us with his blogtastic take on the ATP. There are only so many hours in the day, folks!)

  2. Ben Pronin says:

    If Federer continues playing this ridiculously well, he could very well be contending for number 1 in the coming months. I wanna say that it could become a 2 man race between him and Djokovic, but Federer rising will definitely propel Nadal to up his game, too. So a 3 man race for sure. But I’m not sure Djokovic losing 2 matches so early is anything to worry about. He doesn’t have to win EVERYTHING to be number 1, just more than everyone else. And it’s only a great thing for tennis if, for once, the year is divided among the top guys in a real way, with slams and Masters being somewhat evenly split.

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