... in the Men's Power Rankings for the week of September 30th, 2002!
Men's Power Rankings
SportsLine.com's Power Rankings feature 10 players based on the past weeks' performances. It is not an official ranking based on points but takes into account the strength of schedule and the quality of play of each player during that period.
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1 Juan Carlos Ferrero -
Spain's Ferrero captured his second title this year in Hong Kong, on hard court. He won in Monte Carlo on clay in April. He showed that Spaniards can win on every surface. He is now fourth in the ATP Champion Race.
2 Fernando Gonzalez -
Chile's Gonzalez won the Sicily International Championships, in Palerme, Italy. That's his second win this year, after Vina del Mar, Chile in February. Both wins came on clay.
3 Carlos Moya -
Spain's Moya lost to Ferrero in the final of the Salem Open in Hong Kong. He had also lost to Ferrero in the final in Monte Carlo.
4 Jose Acasuso 8
Argentina's Acasuso lost to Gonzalez in Palerme, Italy. He is a great player on clay but has played only four events on another surface this year, the Australian Open, Miami, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open. He won only one match, in Melbourne.
5 Jerome Golmard -
France's Golmard, whose career has been plagued with injuries, reached the semifinals in Hong Kong where he lost to eventual winner Ferrero. That's his best result since his final in Auckland, New Zealand, in January.
6 Jonas Bjorkman -
Sweden's Bjorkman lost to Moya in the semifinals in Hong Kong. He is 18-20 this season, and had won only three matches on hard court since the Australian Open entering the Salem Open.
7 Bohdan Ulihrach -
Czech's Ulihrach lost to Gonzalez in the semis in Sicily, which is his best result this year. He had played another semifinal in Doha, Qatar, back in Januray.
8 Marcelo Rios -
Chile's Rios, with a wild card and the No. 1 seed, lost to Acasuso in the semifinals in Palerme. That was his third semifinal this year, the first on one clay. He's been more successful on hard courts, reaching the semis in Miami and Washington, DC.
9 Feliciano Lopez -
Spain's Lopez lost to Bjorkman in the quarterfinals in Kong Kong, which is a good performance for him this year, but who wouldn't give him a spot in the rankings, if he hadn't defeated Russia's Marat Safin in the 2nd round.
10 Pete Sampras -
Sampras has not been seen on the Tour since his win at the U.S. Open, but he will remain in the rankings until he loses.
can't wait to see Ferrero's name back at #1 after he wins his 2nd straight title in Tokyo!