Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Cincinnati to NY

Power Ranking 2013 #11

Again a lot of movement as one would expect following a 1000 Series Event

1.  Rafael Nadal – Rafa already has 5 Masters 1000 titles in 2013!  He is putting a strangle hold on the race to finish #1 in 2013.  He continued dominating form and won entertaining to memorable matches against Dimitrov, Federer, Berdych and Isner. 

2.  Novak Djokovic – He’s holding #2 because Murray has not done anything to justify a flip-flop.  Nole needs to add confidence with each match in NY as he will need a lot of self-belief to bear Rafa if it comes to that.

3.  Andy Murray – He got spanked by Berdych, but Delpo let a match point slip through his fingers.  Murray stays #3.

4.  Juan Martin del Potro – He’s playing well but ever since his injuries there has seemed to be something a little off in terms of Delpo winning really big matches.  Still, he is one of the few players who could realistically beat Nadal in New York.

5. Tomas Berdych – The Big Czech laid the hammer down on Andy Murray and played Rafa tough.  He is still struggling consolidating breaks against Nole and Rafa, but he’s a deserving #5.  Change since last ranking – not ranked

6.  John Isner – The big serving Georgia Bulldog has put together a nice summer with runner-up finishes at Cincinnati and Washington, DC and a title in Atlanta.  Change since last ranking – not ranked

7.  David Ferrer – The #2 player from Spain has struggled since Wimbledon.  The fact that he is 15-3 in majors in 2013 kept him from falling further.  Change since last ranking – 2

8.  Roger Federer – Roger won a couple of matches including a come from behind match vs. Tommy Haas.  He also played the first two sets of his match vs. Nadal looking like himself for the first time since the 4th set of his Australian Open semifinal match vs. Murray.  Change since last ranking +2

9.  Milos Raonic – Milos followed up his solid play in Montreal with a good week in Cincinnati.  I am not sure what he will do in New York, but if his movement improves, he can become a bigger threat than he already is.  Change since last ranking +1

10.  Tommy Haas (tie) – Tommy clobbered Federer in the first set of their Cincinnati encounter.  He was up a break in the second set and ….Change since last ranking – 4

10.  Jerzy Janowicz (tie) – He was honest about being in bad form as Cincinnati commenced.  JJ was promptly dismissed by James Blake.  Change since last ranking – 3

Dropped Out – Fabio Fognini – His clay court momentum is long gone.  His intentional foot faulting in Cincinnati makes me question what he’s thinking. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – He needs to get healthy.  He will miss the US Open and not a lot has gone right for Tsonga since he won his French Open quarterfinal match.

Biggest Mover – Tommy Haas dropped 4 spots.

Entered the Poll – John Isner and Tomas Berdych

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