Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Wimbledon and Murray’s Ascent

Power Ranking 2013 #8

Wimbledon Shakes up the Power Rankings 

#1 vs. #2 and Murray vs. History/Expectations

1.  Andy Murray – Murray broke a 77 year slump for men from the UK at All England.  Over the past 52 weeks, Murray has won 2 slams, produced 1 slam runner-up finish and won a gold medal.  His back-to-back titles at Queen’s Club and Wimbledon have him looking toward #1 in the ATP computers  Change since last ranking +3

2.  Novak Djokovic – Tennis is cruel.  Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray each won 7 matches total between Roland Garros and Wimbledon.  Nole won 11 matches and has zero trophies.  They each have 1 trophy.

3.  Rafael Nadal – 7 titles in 10 events is enough to keep Rafa from falling too far from a first round upset.  Change since last ranking -1

4.  David Ferrer – It is hard to have Ferrer dropping since he repeated 2012’s impressive Wimbledon quarterfinal finish, but Murray moved up so someone had to move down.  Change since last ranking -1

5.  Juan Martin del Potro – If he is reasonably healthy, he is a threat.  His semifinal match vs. Djokovic was probably the best match of the tournament.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked

JMDP did not win Wimbledon, but he looks like he could win big again

6.  Tommy Haas – A pair of Grand Slam quarterfinal losses demonstrate that Tommy is playing great tennis.  Change since last ranking +1

7.  Jerzy Janowicz – He melted down mid 3rd set vs. Murray, but this power player can smooth the rough edges off of his game and make a splash in the years to come.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked

We could be seeing Jerzy winning a lot of matches down the line

8.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – His French Open progress was slowed by a lackluster loss in the semifinals followed by an injury induced exit from Wimbledon.  Change since last ranking – 3

9.  Roger Federer – Federer’s “bad” 2013 would probably have him at 7, but my power ranking looks at current form as much as anything and Halle can’t bail out a one-sided loss to Tsonga and a 2nd round loss at Wimbledon.  Change since last ranking – 3

10.  Tomas Berdych (tie) – His 1st round loss in Paris and meltdown vs. Nole in the quarters at Wimbledon don’t bode well for the hardcourt summer.  Change since last ranking – 3

10.  Richard Gasquet (Tie) – He’s played well enough in 2013 that if there is a reordering in tennis he might sneak into a semifinal at an upcoming major.

Biggest Mover – Andy Murray moved up 3 spots while Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych dropped 3 spots

Entered the Poll – Juan Martin del Potro and Jerzy Janowicz

Dropped Out – Stanislas Wawrinka – losing in the 1st round did not help Grigor Dimitrov – A delay from darkness may have cost him, but he needs to make a mark at a major sooner rather than later

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  1. kirkhouseauthors says:

    Reblogged this on Bring Your Racquet and commented:
    The Changing of the Guard

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