Power Ranking 2013 #12
A lot of movement after 2013’s FInal Grand Slam
1. Rafael Nadal – What can be said. He missed the Australian Open and lost at the first round at Wimbledon. Heck, Rafa has lost 2 clay court matches this year. All of that is true, and Rafa has locked up the #1 ranking in my power ranking for 2013.
2. Novak Djokovic – 2013 has been a cruel year for Nole. He’s won 24 matches at Grand Slam tournaments, but is looking up at Rafa who holds two of the four biggest prizes to Nole’s one.
3. Andy Murray – His Wimbledon win keeps him at #3 where he is likely to stay minus a complete meltdown to end the year, but Murray has not done much since Wimbledon ended.
4. David Ferrer – His Grand Slam consistency in 2013 landed him with 19 match wins at the majors. Ferrer deserves to be number 4. Change since last ranking +3
5. Stanislas Wawrinka – He moves into the rankings in a big way. Wawrinka has an outside chance to take his career to an even higher place in the next 24 months. Also, he is the RIchard Pryor of men’s tennis with some unpredictable language. Change since last ranking – Not ranked
6. Richard Gasquet – He overcame his round of 16 hurdle by saving a match point and beating Raonic in 5 sets. He followed that up by reversing a bad history vs. Ferrer to reach his second career Grand Slam semifinal. He even managed to play a solid second set versus Nadal. Change since last ranking – Not ranked
7. Tomas Berdych – Reaching the round of 16 and losing to a red hot Wawrinka was not a bad result. Still, after reaching the US Open semis in 2012 this was a drop off. Change since last ranking – 2
8. Milos Raonic – He looked good in New York and lost a nail biter to Richard Gasquet. Change since last ranking +1
9. John Isner – His round of 32 showing was not bad, but he is in the top ten on the strength of his results in Atlanta, DC and Cincinnati. He has to start winning off of US soil to stay in my top 10. Change since last ranking – 3
10. Roger Federer (tie) – Roger looked strong in his first 3 matches in New York. Then he played a flat and error prone match to lose to Tommy Robredo for the first time in 11 meetings. Does he still have the desire to pay the price during training and on the court? No one could blame him if his priorities and motivations have shifted. Change since last ranking -2
10. Juan Martin del Potro (tie) – What does his wrist have left? Is he wanting to take the fight to the top players? The game is there, but JMDP’s health and mental toughness are question marks. His loss to Hewitt after leading 2 sets to 1 and his loss to Isner at Cincinnati after double faulting on match point in the 2nd set only to get rolled in the 3rd set have JMDP dropping. Change since last ranking – 6
Dropped Out – Jerzy Janowicz and Tommy Haas
Biggest Mover – Juan Martin del Potro dropped 6 spots!
Entered the Poll – Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet
Knocking on the Door -Philipp Kohlschreiber