The main change at the top of the rankings sees Novak Djokovic moving up to number two after taking the Indian Wells title.
It doesn’t make a whole lot of difference but raises the possibility of Federer and Nadal meeting in a semi-final for the first time since the Year End Championship in 2007. Fascinating eh?
Another Serb on the up is Viktor Troicki who after rolling out the red carpet for King Novak in Indian Wells, moves up to number 17. Without sounding like a broken record it’s a pretty inflated ranking for a guy whose points are weighted pretty heavily in favour of the smaller events.
The same might also be said of new world number 22 Albert Montañes, but who cares. I love this guy and don’t know how anyone couldn’t.
He’s the archetypal example of a player who has made the absolute most out of his ability and his transformation in recent years to a player who can get decent results on all surfaces has been mightily impressive.
Another player that seems to be falling into that hard-working potential-maxing category is Somdev Devvarman. The Indian showed all his mental toughness to beat Xavier “mental giant but only in doubles” Malisse from 2-5 down in a third set tiebreak and rises 11 places to a new high of 73.
Fabio Fognini is the very antithesis of Devvarman and Montañes but he also hits a new high of 53. The Italian has a decent game but his disgusting attitude on court has held him back.
If he wakes up one day and decides he really gives a shit he could definitely go higher.
Shitty attitude on court you say? Grigor Dimitrov immediately springs to mind and the Bulgarian moves up one place to crack the top 70 for the first time.
Last but not least we have Milos Raonic who has hit a career best number 35 and is seeded in Miami as a result. Incredible stuff when you consider he needed a wild card to even get in the Indian Wells main draw. Sky’s the limit for this guy.