Dan Martin’s 2012 Power Rankings for the
Week of May 21 through May 27
1. Novak Djokovic – Novak is number one, but his grasp has weakened. Does he still have Rafa’s number?
Good Times for Nole
2. Rafael Nadal – Rafa is back to number two after winning his third title in four outings. Will Rafa’s clay court wins versus Nole carry over in the form of a mental edge to grass and hard courts? Change from last week +1
Good Times for Rafa; Not so Good for Nole
3. Roger Federer – Titles in Dubai, Rotterdam, Indian Wells and Madrid have Roger Federer positioned well, but he will need to play better than he did in the Rome semis to reclaim number one for even a single week. Change from last week -1
4. Tomas Berdych – Big Berd played Rafa as tough as anyone in Rome and was solid in Madrid. Change from last week + 2
Why Berdych is Rising
5. David Ferrer – A semifinal in Rome and tough first set versus Rafa was the good news. Losing 6-0 in the second set was the bad news. No one plays harder than Ferrer, but even on clay he lacks the tools to beat the top three guys with any regularity. Change from last week + 2
6. Juan Martin del Potro – His title in Estoril and semifinal showing in Madrid make me think he could pull an upset in Paris. Change from last week – 2
7. Andy Murray – What has happened to Andy’s promising start to 2012? Change since last week – 2
Gasquet telling Murray that his one-hander is better than Ivan’s
9. Gilles Simon – Solid enough to be #9 on the countdown.
10. Janko Tipsarevic – Tipsy upset Nole and reached the Madrid semifinal round. That is enough to enter the top 10. Change from last week – Not Ranked
Biggest Movers – Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer +2 and Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray -2