Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Roland Garros Means Nadal Rises

Dan Martin’s 2013 Power Ranking #7

Roland Garros Rearranged the Rankings 

This match flipped the top two

1.  Rafael Nadal – His 8th French Open title is a record.  He has won at least one Grand Slam title for 9 consecutive years.  This too is a record.  Nadal is flying high as he has no points to defend for the remainder of the year.  Change since last ranking +1

2.  Novak Djokovic – Nole needs to win either Wimbledon or the US Open to reclaim the top spot.  His 5 set loss to Nadal at Roland Garros may be like Rafa’s 5 set loss to Federer at Wimbledon in 2007.  Waiting one year is a long time for revenge though.  Wimbledon can afford some revenge, but conquering clay will have to wait.  Change since last ranking -1

Ferrer has posted a 24-5 Grand Slam record in the past 5 slams

3.  David Ferrer – The other Spaniard played wonderfully reaching the final at Roland Garros without dropping a set.  He lacks the weapons needed to beat Rafa, Nole, Roger and Andy with any consistency or in the biggest matches, but he is playing great tennis.  Change since last ranking + 3

4.  Andy Murray – He missed the French Open with an injury.  His last match on grass was winning a gold medal.  Can he shine again on grass?  Change since last ranking -1

5.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – He reached a Grand Slam semifinal so gets a boost, but his showing in that semifinal proved that the weight of French expectations can weigh him down.  Change since last ranking + 2

6.  Roger Federer – 2013 has been rather difficult by Roger’s standards.  Halle could ease him into better form.  Change since last ranking – 1

Haas is one of the best stories of 2013

7.  Tommy Haas – He keeps defying father time.  Maybe Roger will pick his brain during their doubles partnership in Halle.  Change since last ranking +3

8.  Stanislas Wawrinka – Stan is playing great tennis this year.  He has a mental block versus Roger and can’t beat Rafa on clay, but otherwise he’s on the rise.  Change since last ranking – unranked

9.  Tomas Berdych – He had a terrible draw, but a first round loss led to a drop in my rankings.  Change since last ranking -5

10.  Richard Gasquet (Tie) – Heart break versus Wawrinka does not diminish a nice season.  Change since last ranking -1

Djokovic taught him a lesson, but he is rising

10.  Grigor Dimitrov (Tie) – Could we finally be seeing a younger player make a move? 

Biggest Mover – Tomas Berdych dropped 5 spots, David Ferrer and Tommy Haas both gained 3 spots

Dropped Out – Juan Martin del Potro (will he ever be healthy enough to make it back to where he was?)

Entered the Rankings – Stanislas Wawrinka


2 Comments Add yours

  1. contessador says:

    Hello Dan,
    Maybe you are right about Federer but each time I count him as done, he has surprised me. I know, one of these times the end will be for real but I have one last hope that he wins enough to stay in the top eight 😉

    1. Dan Martin says:

      I think he’ll be fine in the sense he can make a run or two at big events. Staying in the top 4 only helps if Murray, Nole and Rafa do the same. Rafa dropped out of the top 4 and Roger seemed less worried about staying as there was no benefit to it.

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