Dan Martin’s 2012 Power Rankings for the
Week of August 6 through August 12
This is later than usual, but I had good reason for the delay.
1. Roger Federer – Federer has won 5 titles in 2012 including Wimbledon, he just added a silver medal to his career haul, and just turned 31. It is a little hard to remain #1 after the one-sided loss in the gold medal match, but Federer is still on top.
2. Andy Murray – Winning a gold in singles and a silver in mixed doubles has to make Andy Murray a national hero. Throw in straight set wins over the #1 and #2 men in the ATP rankings, Rafa’s injuries and Nole’s loss in the bronze medal match and Murray vaults 2 spots. Change since last ranking +2
3. Novak Djokovic – Something seems off for Nole. Maybe a return to hard courts will sooth his ailing game. Change since last ranking -1
4. Rafael Nadal – Withdrawing from the Olympic games and two Masters 1000 events has Rafa in a bit of a free fall. A lot has changed since the French Open ended and Rafa was #1 in my power ranking. Change since last ranking – 1
5. Juan Martin del Potro - The bronze medalist lost an epic match to Roger Federer but rebounded to win in straight sets over Djokovic and claim Argentina’s first and probably only medal of 2012. If JMDP stays healthy, he can beat anyone. Change since last ranking +2
6. David Ferrer –Ferrer is co-leader on tour this year with 5 titles. His Olympic games were not perfect, but grass is not his best surface. Change since last ranking -1
7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Tsonga won an epic match with Milos Raonic. His solid play in Paris and semifinal at Wimbledon has Tsonga solidly in my top 10. Also, Tsonga won a silver in doubles. Doubles, outside of an Olympic medal, don’t count in my Power Rankings. Change since last ranking -1
8. Marin Cilic – He’s been strong as of late despite a loss to a game Hewitt in London.
9. Juan Monaco – Like Cilic, he’s having a strong year.
10. Milos Raonic - His match against Tsonga at the London Olympic Games has Raonic back into the ever volatile 10th slot. Much like JMDP, I think losing a tight match of this nature should help Raonic regard himself as a player capable of big wins in the future. Change since last ranking – Newcomer
New Comer – Milos Raonic
Dropped Out – Andy Roddick
Biggest Movers – Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro +2