Dan Martin’s 2012 Power Rankings for the
Week of July 16 through July 22
1. Roger Federer – Fed has spent 287 weeks at #1 with at least a 288th week in the works. 286 is exactly 5 1/2 years at #1. Federer is pushing toward 6 years at #1.
2. Novak Djokovic – This summer is big for how Nole is viewed in the locker room. If Novak wins a 2nd US Open and reclaims #1, he looks like the standard bearer. If he posts spotty results, other guys may gain belief against him.
3. Rafael Nadal – Rafa holds #3, but his withdrawing from the Olympic Games is going to at least temporarily upset the well ordered world of the ATP Tour.
4. Andy Murray – Can he return to the scene of his last near miss and win a medal for the Union Jack?
5. David Ferrer –Ferrer won his 5th title of 2012. He’s on his game and has a good shot at winning a medal in London.
6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Tsonga is the player in the best position to challenge the top 4. He nearly beat Nole in Paris and made a solid semifinal showing at Wimbledon.
7. Juan Martin del Potro – Delpo played well in his first three Wimbledon matches, but was dominated by Ferrer. Concerns about the big man’s knees are real.
8. Marin Cilic – Cilic won in Croatia to follow a solid showing at Wimbledon. His titles in Umag and at Queen’s Club make him a threat to medal in London. Change from last ranking +2
9. Philipp Kohlschreiber – His quarterfinal showing and solid play in Halle make Kohlschreiber a legitimate threat to medal at the 2012 Olympic games. He gets grass court tennis. Change from last ranking –1
10. John Isner – Isner wins Newport while only being broken once during the tournament. On US soil or when playing for the US, Isner has been a top 6 or 7 player in the world. When playing outside of the US or when not playing Davis Cup, he has looked a bit like a guy who could win a hard serving contest but little else at an ATP event. Isner will be back on grass and is playing for the US so I think he’s a big threat in London. Maybe like the Marvel superhero Captain Britain, Isner draws strength from US soil. Change from last ranking – New comer
New Comer – John Isner
Dropped Out – Mardy Fish (he didn’t do anything wrong, but Isner did enough right to displace him)
Biggest Mover – Marin Cilic +2