Post US Open Power Ranking – The Rise of Andy Murray

Dan Martin’s 2012 Power Ranking

Post US Open Edition

  1. Andy Murray – He has won the most recent Grand Slam event as well as a Gold Medal in singles.  Murray is riding high.  I am not sure where this will lead, but two things are fact.  First, Murray is no longer the best player to never win a Grand Slam title.  Second, Ivan Lendl has made a huge impact on Murray’s mental game.  Change from last ranking +2 
  2. Novak Djokovic – Nole played well enough in the 3rd and 4th sets to know that his A game is still the best in the world.  Still, 2012 is a drop off from the consistent excellence he demonstrated in 2011.  Nole is probably the best player in the world, but at the last 4 big events he lost to Nadal, Federer, and Murray (twice).  Nole has to reassert his focus and his confidence on his rivals if he is to become a dominant number one again.
  3. Roger Federer – Is the Roger Federer who won Wimbledon and Cincinnati recently the Roger we will see going forward?  Is the Roger Federer who struggled against Novak in Paris, against Murray in the Olympic games and lost to Berdych in New York the Roger we will see going forward?  We will see both in the next 2-3 years.  Roger can still play at a high level, but at 31 he needs more ideal circumstances and a few breaks to see that level as frequently as we once did.  Change since last ranking – 2
  4. Rafael Nadal – Rafa won the French Open, 3 other clay court events and lost an epic Australian Open final.  Until those points start to fall off, he is pretty well encamped in my top 4.  Nadal’s recovery is a huge story.  If the gang of 4 remains in tact, tennis is in a state of stability. However, if Rafa declines or is absent, a lot more opportunities for reaching Grand Slam final weekends exist.
  5. David Ferrer – His win vs. Tipsarevic alone speaks well of Ferrer.  The other Spaniard finally reached the final four at the French Open and got destroyed by Nadal.  Ferrer responded by winning a grass court event, pushing Murray hard in the Wimbledon quarterfinal round, and reaching his second US Open semifinal.  Change since last ranking +2 
  6. Tomas Berdych – The big Czech looked like a Grand Slam force in 2010.  His play in New York reminds us that this is still possible.  His lousy grass court season is in the past.  Change from last ranking +4
  7. Janko Tipsarevic – Tipsy is not helping his q rating or any good guy status he may have had after ugly twitter wars.  Still, Janko has played well in 2012 and also displayed an excellent level of fight at the US Open.  Change from last ranking – Not Ranked 
  8. Marin Cilic – The Croatian has slowly returned to his 2009 and early 2010 form.  Change from last ranking – Not Ranked  
  9. 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.   Change from last week – 4
  10. Nicolas Almagro – Nico had a reasonably good showing in New York.

Biggest Movers – Tomas Berdych +4 and Juan Martin del Potro – 4

Newcomers – Marin Cilic and Janko Tipsarevic

Dropped Out – John Isner, Richard Gasquet, and Juan Monaco.

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