The new world tennis rankings are out, and apparently, it pays to finish second.
Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain is the new world number one men's player. The 23-year-old Ferrero took over the top spot from Andre Agassi after he beat the 33-year-old American Saturday in the U.S. Open semifinals. U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick is ranked number two, followed by Wimbledon champion Roger Federer of Switzerland. Agassi dropped to fourth in the world. Ferrero moved up from the number three spot.
Kim Clijsters retains her number one position in the world women's rankings, despite losing to fellow Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne in the U.S. Open finals. Henin-Hardenne climbs up one spot to number two. Serena Williams, who missed the U.S. Open with an injury, drops from second to third. She is followed by fellow Americans Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati and Venus Williams.