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Federer Back Up To No. 4; Djokovic Hot On Nadal's Heels

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer is back in the Top 4.

Roger Federer is back up to No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week after reaching the quarter-finals of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami (l. to Nishikori). The Swiss, who had fallen to No. 8 after the Australian Open – his lowest position for nearly 12 years - leads the ATP World Tour with a 22-4 match record this season and now trails third-placed countryman Stanislas Wawrinka by just 515 points.

Tomas Berdych returns to the Top 5 for the first time since September after a semi-final showing in Miami. The Czech usurps David Ferrer, who falls out of the Top 5 for the first time since June 2012. 

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American John Isner returns to his career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 9, while Canadian Milos Raonic vaults back into the Top 10 after successive quarter-final showings in Indian Wells and Miami, displacing France’s Richard Gasquet, who had held Top 10 status for all but one week since October 2012.

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Completing the Indian Wells-Miami for the second time has put Novak Djokovic hot on Rafael Nadal’s heels in the pursuit for the No. 1 Emirates ATP Ranking. The Serb has closed the gap to just under 2000 points as he bids to reclaim the top spot that he surrendered to Nadal in September. Coming up in the European clay-court swing, Djokovic will look to make up more ground on Nadal, who is defending winner’s points in Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.

Alexandr Dolgopolov’s strong start to the season has seen him make the biggest rankings jump inside the Top 100 this season, rising 35 places to World No. 22. The Ukrainian has compiled an 18-9 mark, highlighted by reaching the final in Rio de Janeiro (l. to Nadal) and the semi-finals in Indian Wells (l. to Federer).

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