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Gonzalez back in tennis Top 10

March 1, 2010 at 8:42 AM
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LONDON, March 1 (UPI) -- Chilean Fernando Gonzalez's advancement to the Mexican Open semifinals returned him to the men's world tennis Top 10 in rankings released Monday.

Gonzalez lasted one day longer at the tournament than Spaniard Fernando Verdasco and that brought the only change in this week's Top 10. Gonzalez earned 180 rating points for his semifinals appearance and Verdasco earned 90 by making it to the quarterfinals.

That boosted Gonzalez to 2,890 total points and lifted him from 12th to 10th. He was last in the Top 10 in August 2009. Verdasco totals 2,860 points, a figure that dropped from 10th to 12th. France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is 11th with 2,870 points.

The first nine players in the rankings remained static with Swiss Roger Federer No. 1 and Serb Novak Djokovic, who successfully defended his Dubai title on Sunday, second followed by Spain's Rafael Nadal, Scot Andy Murray and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

Russian Nikolay Davydenko is sixth, followed by Swede Robin Soderling, American Andy Roddick and Croat Marin Cilic.

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