David Ferrer Missing Monte Carlo - Will Nadal Pull Ahead to #4?
David Ferrer is currently ranked #4 in the world. He's 585 points and one spot ahead of Rafael Nadal. To put this in perspective, Roger Federer, at #3, is 1700 points above Ferrer.

Unfortunately, David Ferrer won't be playing in the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. He sustained a thigh injury at the Sony Open in Miami while playing against Andy Murray (#2). Hopefully he'll be better in time for the Barcelona Open on April 22.

Will Ferrer's absence in Monte Carlo give Nadal a chance to move up?

According to Sports Illustrated, it won't.

However, with Monte Carlo, the clay season has begun. "To catch Ferrer, Nadal will need to win every clay lead-up he plays — Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome — and hope Ferrer suffers a few early losses. Otherwise, Nadal will go into the French Open, a tournament he’s won seven of the last eight years, ranked outside of the top four for the first time since he first played the event in 2005," reports SI.com.

David Ferrer uses the amazing Prince EX03 racquet.

What do you think? Does Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, have a chance of dominating all of the upcoming clay tournaments? Or will tennis great David Ferrer hold on to his #4 spot?