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Men’s Tennis Power Rankings: Can Anyone Catch Roger Federer? 1

Posted on February 16, 2010 by Marianne Bevis
Day 14 - Roger Federer wins the Australian Open tennis 2010

Roger Federer started strong in 2010.

Just as 2009 ended with Roger Federer atop both the ATP rankings and the Power Rankings, so it is after the first month of the 2010 season. With eight ATP tournaments and the opening Grand Slam in Australia now complete, there’s a certain déjà vu feel to proceedings, with Federer reasserting his dominance in the Majors with his 16th Slam title.

Thereafter, things have started to take on a slightly different look in both sets of rankings, starting at No. 2, where Andy Murray has gained ground at the expense of the injury-blighted Rafael Nadal.

Below them, a couple of the big men who imposed themselves on the top 10 last year, Fernando Verdasco and Robin Soderling, have lost ground to the fast-improving Marin Cilic and the slow-maturing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

So there’s much to play for as the Tour heads towards the bigger rewards of the 500 point tournaments in February and the first Masters events in March (more on that later). Read the rest of this entry →

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