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ATP quality points: Djokovic still comes out on top


Robert B. Waltz, Special for USA TODAY

9:50AM EST December 6. 2012 – Just like the WTA, there was a time when the ATP rankings took into account the strength of the opposition, but again like the women, the men abandoned their system of “bonus points” a dozen years ago.

But in a year when it’s been difficult to choose among the “Big 4″ of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, one way of doing it is bybonus points — looking at the strength of the opposition they beat along the way. This table below shows the average number of bonus points players earned in each tournament they played, using the same system as for the WTA players.

Here is a look at the Top 10 based on Quality of Opponent vs. their current ranking:

Quality points rank (ATP rank) Player Score
1 (1) Novak Djokovic 113.7
2 (4) Rafael Nadal 97.6
3 (2) Roger Federer 91.4
4 (3) Andy Murray 72.4
5 (7) Juan Martin del Potro 55.5
6 (5) David Ferrer 48.9
7 (6) Tomas Berdych 45.4
8 (78) Gael Monfils 27.2
9 (14) John Isner 26.9
10 (21) Tommy Haas 26.4

Read the whole article and see where all of the top 50 players would end up – HERE

The Women’s Rankings are even more interesting if you look at Qulaity of Wins with Kim Clijsters going from unranked to 4th.  Read all about it – HERE

Marat Safin runs for Russian office


CHENGDU, China — Famed for his outbursts on court, Marat Safin said Thursday he wants to put his oratory to use in the Russian parliament.
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesMarat Safin, seen at the 2009 U.S. Open, won two Grand Slam titles and was ranked No. 1 in 2000.

He is up for election to the State Duma on Dec. 4 and could join other Russian sports stars, including gold medalist Svetlana Khorkina in the lower house of parliament.

“I am an intelligent guy and I have a lot to bring and a lot of ideas about things and what to do,” Safin said. “I am very committed to it.”

The 31-year-old Safin retired in 2009 after winning two Grand Slam titles and reaching the No. 1 ranking in 2000. He earned a reputation as a gifted but unpredictable player, breaking countless rackets during his frequent bouts of rage.

Since he quit the main tour after a series of injuries, Safin has been working for the Russian tennis federation and has become a member of the Russian Olympic committee.

He has also started playing on the ATP Champions Tour for former stars, and it was at the Chengdu Open in China that Safin revealed his political ambitions.

Safin participated in the primaries in the Nyzhny Novgorod region, and now awaits the Dec. 4 vote to take one of the 450 seats in the Duma.

“I could be the best looking guy in the Duma,” Safin said. “But that’s only because all the other guys are over 60.”

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