A little later than usual, due to the postponed final, but here it is now at last, a look at the rankings situation after the Rome Masters. David moves up two positions this week to #40, still with 1005 ranking points. Now, don't ask me why but his 45 second-round points from Rome seem to have replaced his 45 quarterfinal points from São Paulo, which he's apparently no longer able to count in. So his overall amount of ranking points stays the same.
That David still moves up two places this week is also
the result of last year's points from the World Team Cup having come
off already - with consequences especially for Juan Ignacio Chela.
Having dropped 125 points from last year's WTC, Chela loses six places
this week and has now fallen behind David, at #43 (with 970 points). In
other words, David is now the fourth Argentine player in the
rankings. Chela is playing the WTC this week and still has the chance to
regain some ground. But he hasn't played singles, so far and he
continues to struggle with injury problems, ahead of Roland Garros where he'll have 360 points to defend.
Carlos Berlocq, who's
also playing the WTC this week (and has won his first singles match), is
still ranked three places above David, at #37 (with 1060 points).
the moment, there's no news from David and I can't tell you whether
he's still in Rome or whether he has by now moved on to Paris. But later
this week, he's scheduled to play an exhibition match, as part of the
Masters Guinot Mary Cohr exhibition at the Paris Country Club. This
match is planned to take place on Friday (the same day the draw for
Roland Garros will come out), against Julien Benneteau, who has
apparently taken up training again after his injury at Monte Carlo. As
always with exhibitions, things may still change, also at the last
minute. But I'll try my best to keep you posted.