Dan Martin’s 2012 Power Ranking
Post Shanghai Edition
- Novak Djokovic – While Novak Djokovic did not back up a 3 slam year in the manner that Federer did in 05 or 07, it is becoming clear that Nole has had the best 2012 on the ATP Tour. Change from last ranking +1
- Andy Murray – Murray is poised to challenge for the #1 ranking at some point in 2013, but his lack of a Masters 1000 title in 2012 prevents any sort of charge for 2012. Change from last ranking – 1
- Roger Federer – If Murray and Djokovic attack his serve with their sublime return games, Roger will have a new obstacle to climb at 31. I am not sure how he will counter that, but reaching 300 total weeks at #1 is a tremendous accomplishment.
- Rafael Nadal – By holding 1 slam, 1 slam runner-up, 2 Masters 1000 shields and a title in Barcelona, Rafa has locked down the #4 slot for 2012 despite not playing since Wimbledon.
- David Ferrer – Not playing Shanghai did not hurt Ferrer’s standing. Consider that Ferrer posted a 18-4 record during the 2012 Grand Slam season.
- Tomas Berdych – The big Czech looked like a Grand Slam force in 2010. His play in New York and Shanghai reminds us that this is still possible. His lousy grass court season is in the past.
- Marin Cilic – The Croatian has slowly returned to his 2009 and early 2010 form. Change from last ranking +1
- Richard Gasquet – His recent play earns the enigmatic star a slot in my top 10. Change from last ranking – not ranked
- Juan Martin del Potro – Delpo reached his 3rd Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year, but his ability to beat top players is coming into question. His wrist and knees are perhaps putting his game into a plateau.
- Tommy Haas – In a sentimental pick, I give Haas credit for his return to the top 20 in the ATP rankings. Haas is the best 34 year old tennis player in the world. Change from last ranking – not ranked
Biggest Movers – Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic +1, Andy Murray -1
Entered the Rankings – Tommy Haas and Richard Gasquet
Dropped Out – Janko Tipsarevic and Nicolas Almagro