We are just two months into the 2013 season but it’s never too early to take a peak at the rankings, especially the current year rankings. After his Dubai win, we know Novak Djokovic is dominating No. 2 ranked Roger Federer, now by 3,745 points (and the Swiss has 1000 to defend at Indian Wells), but in the 2013 standings it’s actually a much closer and he’s being chased by an unlikely fellow, David Ferrer.
The No. 2 Ferrer trails Novak by 780 points so he could overtake the Serb if things break right at Indian Wells (he’d have to win the title and Novak not reach the quarterfinals). So point-wise, Ferrer’s somewhat surprisingly had the second best start to the season, then Australian Open finalist Andy Murray followed by Dubai finalist Tomas Berdych and then Roger Federer.
Kei Nishikori and Richard Gasquet have also gotten off fast starts at No. 8 and 9, respectively. A pair of unlikely champions are firmly in the Top 30, for now. Nadal’s conqueror in Chile, Horacio Zeballos, is No. 16 while Sunday’s Delray Beach victor Ernests Gulbis climbed to No. 27.
On the other end, those “playing down” at the moment include Janko Tipsarevic who is No. 18, John Isner is No. 41, Alexandr Dolglopolov is way down at No. 78 and Fernando Verdasco isn’t even on the first page, he’s at No. 115. But that’s still better than being on the third page like the No. 207 David Goffin.
Much will change this month with two major events at Indian Wells and Miami. Indian Wells begins on Thursday with the men’s main draw released on Tuesday (women’s tomorrow).
March 4 ATP RACE Standings
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB), 2,540
2 Ferrer, David (ESP),1,760
3 Murray, Andy (GBR), 1,450
4 Berdych, Tomas (CZE), 1,010
5 Federer, Roger (SUI), 990
6 Nadal, Rafael (ESP), 900
7 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG), 815
8 Nishikori, Kei (JPN), 770
9 Gasquet, Richard (FRA), 765
10 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP), 675
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