Nadal just hangs on to ATP lead

2011-05-16 10:37

Rafael Nadal barely hung onto first place in the men’s tennis rankings after losing another final against in-form rival Novak Djokovic.

Nadal leads the ATP list issued today with 12 070 points, but Djokovic has all but reached him on 11 665 points after beating the Spaniard for the Rome clay title yesterday.

Djokovic has a perfect 37-0 record in 2011 for seven titles. The Serbian has defeated Nadal in four finals this year, the others being in Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid. He can claim the top spot for the first time at the French Open which starts on Sunday.

Former number one Roger Federer remains third on 8?390 points while Mardy Fish put the United States back into the top 10, from 11th to 10th.

Last week had marked the first time in ranking history that the US had no men’s and women’s player in the top 10.
ATP top 10 as of May 16 (previous ranking in parenthesis):
1. (1) Rafael Nadal, Spain, 12 070 points

2. (2) Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 11 665

3. (3) Roger Federer, Switzerland, 8 390

4. (4) Andy Murray, Britain, 6 085

5. (5) Robin Soderling, Sweden, 5 435

6. (7) Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4 215

7. (6) David Ferrer, Spain, 4 060

8. (8) Juergen Melzer, Austria, 2 850

9. (9) Gael Monfils, France, 2 465

10. (11) Mardy Fish, United States, 2 395?

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