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Wimbledon rankings: Underdogs on rise

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Tennis usually offers little room for sentiment and the fall from grace for leading players is often ugly and painful.

Lleyton Hewitt and Juan Carlos Ferrero need no reminding about how difficult it can be to stay on top of this rapidly evolving sport, having both led the world rankings before sliding way back into the pack.

However, Hewitt, Ferrero and two other players we didn't expect to see in the quarters, Ivo Karlovic and Tommy Haas, are leading the charge of the underdogs at Wimbledon.

Hewitt against Andy Roddick and Haas against Novak Djokovic may be the best chances for a surprise in the next round, but even if this battling band of elder statesmen (by tennis standards anyways) goes no further, they have added some sparkle to the tournament.

Here's the latest Yahoo! Sports Wimbledon power rankings (previous rankings in parentheses):

MEN'S

1. (1) Roger Federer - how can he be stopped?

2. (2) Andy Murray - showed his courage in late-night epic

3. (3) Andy Roddick - big serve is cranking into action

4. (4) Novak Djokovic - happy with his solid if unspectacular progress

5. (5) Lleyton Hewitt - superb fight kept his dream run alive

6. (6) Ivo Karlovic - monstrous serve still firing but Federer next

7. (NR) Juan Carlos Ferrero - another big win for the resurgent Spaniard

8. (8) Tommy Haas - oldest man in the field looking to create more shocks

WOMEN'S

1. (1) Venus Williams - yet another easy day at the office

2. (2) Serena Williams - still hasn't dropped a set in the tournament

3. (3) Victoria Azarenka - survived a second-set blip and looks strong

4. (5) Dinara Safina - uncomfortable on grass but playing her way into form

5. (6) Sabine Lisicki - genuine star in the making produced another upset

6. (8) Elena Dementieva - still on course for the semis at least

7. (NR) Francesca Schiavone - continued impressive and surprising run

8. (NR) Agnieszka Radwanska - fine run should come to an end against Venus

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