Not that this picture I chose has ANYTHING to do with rankings but it's Monday after a major final weekend so a pick-me-up was in order...
Novak Djokovic had another disappointing end at the Aussie Open falling to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals while feeling all kinds of bad. Last season, the sexy Serb (and defending champ) retired from his match at the same hurdle due to heat-related illness.
But he's feeling pretty good today after waking up as the new World No. 2, his highest career ranking, in the ATP World Tour rankings according to his website:
"I am happy to go one more step in my career and get even closer to one of my life time goals which is to become #1. This career high ranking is important for the moment since I had been close before. It was unfortunate for me this Australian Open, a tournament that really got me to one of my peaks so far, but that's how the competition is. I am now back at home and soon resuming practice so I can compete."
Other Top Ten movers this week include Andy Murray climbing back up to the third spot on the heels of his finals appearance in Oz; Rafael Nadal falling two spots to fourth after retiring in the quarters due to injury (his first time out of the Top 3 since June 2005); Jo-Wilfried Tsonga inching up one to grab the 9th spot; and Marin Cilic making his debut in the Top Ten based on his first appearance in a Grand Slam semifinal.
Fernando Verdasco took a big hit falling out of the Top Ten to No. 12 after getting knocked out of the Aussie Open in the fourth round. Last year the Spanish chorizo made a surprise run to the semifinals losing to Rafa in an epic 5-set marathon.
1 Federer, Roger (SUI) 11,350
2 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 8,310
3 Murray, Andy (GBR) 7,800
4 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 7,670
5 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) 6,400
6 Davydenko, Nikolay (RUS) 5,290
7 Roddick, Andy (USA) 4,150
8 Soderling, Robin (SWE) 3,375
9 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 3,235
10 Cilic, Marin (CRO) 2,970
[Photo(s): Clive Brunskill/Getty Images]