Shakeup in second half of tennis rankings
Advancing to Rome’s quarterfinals paid off for Fernando Verdasco and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who each moved up one spot in the latest men’s world tennis rankings.
Verdasco lost in the quarters to eventual champion Rafael Nadal and Tsonga fell in the same round to eventual runner-up Novak Djokovic to bring about a shuffling of the lower half of the men’s Top 10.
Verdasco switched rankings with Gilles Simon, who lost in the Rome round of 16, and is now No. 7 with Simon eighth. Tsonga is the new No. 9, knocking Gael Monfils, a first-round loser in Rome, to 10th.
Nadal’s win was his fourth in Rome and he has a 30-match winning streak on clay courts with the French Open two weeks away. He is well ahead of No. 2 Roger Federer while Djokovic is third. However, the finals loss will cost Djokovic next week when fourth-ranked Andy Murray officially overtakes him and becomes No. 3 in the world.
Juan Martin del Potro held onto his No. 5 spot and Andy Roddick is still sixth in the rankings.