David Ferrer may have lost to Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s French Open final… But he’s one step ahead of his compatriot on the ATP rankings.
Despite his lopsided loss to Nadal, the 31-year-old Spanish tennis player has moved past Nadal in the rankings to the No. 4 spot.
Ferrer moved ahead of Nadal because of the “defense of points.” Nadal gained no points by “simply” repeating as champion, defending his 2,000 points, while Ferrer, a semifinalist in 2012, gained 480 by reaching the final this year, enough to surpass the eight-time French Open champion in the rankings and reclaiming the No. 4 spot.
Ferrer is now within striking distance of No. 3 Roger Federer – trailing him by just 420 points. Since Federer won Wimbledon last summer, the odds are decent that Ferrer could move to No. 3 for the first time in his career.