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.