Novak Djokovic has ascended to world # 2, surpassing Roger Federer, who is now out of the top 2 for the first time since November of 2003.  Below are the top 10 players in this week’s ATP top ten:

Rank Name & Nationality Points Position Moved Tournaments Played
1 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 10,745 0 18
2 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 6,905 1 21
3 Federer, Roger (SUI) 6,885 -1 20
4 Murray, Andy (GBR) 5,155 0 17
5 Soderling, Robin (SWE) 4,935 1 25
6 Davydenko, Nikolay (RUS) 4,740 -1 25
7 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) 4,350 1 17
8 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 3,845 5 25
9 Roddick, Andy (USA) 3,490 -2 20
10 Verdasco, Fernando (ESP) 3,475 -1 25

The rest of the top 100 can be looked at at the link below:

Federer last week blamed poor outings in the quarter-finals of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon on back and leg injuries, something he had not mentioned prior this year.  Tomas Berdych thought the excuse making was in bad form.

In interviews after the loss, Federer said he thought Berdych played more consistently from the baseline than in the past.  However, Federer also seemed to spend a lot of time talking about how a sore back/leg hadn’t allowed him to play (as well) as he would have liked.  When Venus Williams was upset in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, she was asked in her post-match press conference if she’d been injured and she replied that she never talks about injuries.

Federer, who usually takes about 5 weeks off after Wimbledon, is expected to do the same this year.  Hopefully for tennis, he comes back 100 % and is in fine form for the US Open.  Federer has not won a title since claiming his 16th singles major championship in Australia in straight sets over Andy Murray to start the 2010 season.

–Crack (