Dan Martin’s 2012 Power Rankings for the
Week of April 29 through May 5
1. Novak Djokovic – Novak is the number one player in the world, but he will face challenges to remain number one in 2012.
2. Rafael Nadal – A seventh consecutive Barcelona title have Nadal surging. He is the greatest ever on clay. No one has dominated a surface like he has.
3. Roger Federer – Fed’s 2012 titles in Dubai, Rotterdam and Indian Wells have him ranked number three.
4. Andy Murray – David Ferrer nearly passed Murray. Raonic is good and getting better, but that is a match Murray needed to win.
5. David Ferrer – Near misses are hard to gauge. Is Ferrer close to a big run or is he forever outside of the top four?
6. Juan Martin del Potro – Delpo has played well prior to the clay court swing, but I think some of his comeback momentum might slow on the soft courts of Europe.
7. Nicolas Almagro – Almagro holds steady for now despite a loss to Raonic.
8. Tomas Berdych – Berdych is still in my top eight.
9. Gilles Simon – A solid week in Monte Carlo followed by a title has Simon rising. Change since last week – Not Ranked
10. Milos Raonic – The big kid has won two titles in 2012, been runner-up at another and just logged two strong wins on clay before losing a close match to David Ferrer. If Raoinic plays clay court tennis a la Isner (i.e. serve bombs to hold and take cuts at the slower bounces), he could be a factor in some big matches this year. Change since last week – Not Ranked
Dropped Out – Juan Monaco and John Isner