Tennis Power Ranking 2013: Shanghai

Power Ranking 2013 #13

1.  Rafael Nadal – I said Rafa had locked up the #1 slot on my Power Ranking for 2013 after the US Open.  If Nole wins out, I will have to revise that pronouncement.  Rafa has not done anything wrong since the US Open ended, but this time of year has never been his favorite.  His post-USO results look a lot like those of previous years.    

2.  Novak Djokovic – Nole gets engaged, wins Beijing by beating Rafa, and wins Shanghai for his second Masters 1000 title of the year.  Not a bad way to mount a charge after losing the US Open.

3.  Andy Murray – His Wimbledon win keeps him at #3.  He is out until 2014 so someone passing him is not out of the question.

4.  Juan Martin del Potro – Delpo won Tokyo and exacted some revenge on Milos Raonic in the process.  He then reached the championship match in Shanghai beating Rafa in the semifinals in straight sets.  JMDP made a huge leap, but his near miss vs. Nole has to sting.  Change since last ranking + 6! 

5.  Stanislas Wawrinka – Stan posted a nice win over Raonic in Shanghai and then showed that he can attack Rafa with some success for at least one set.  Stan is one of the most interesting players to think about when considering 2014 possibilities.

6.  Richard Gasquet – He backed up his USO win over Ferrer with another recent win over Spain’s #2 player.  He has not had as good of a year as Ferrer in 2013, but he has beaten him twice in recent memory so he moves ahead of Ferrer in a power ranking system even if by computer points he is way behind Ferrer.  

7.  David Ferrer – His Grand Slam consistency in 2013 landed him with 19 match wins at the majors.  His post Wimbledon form was not great minus a solid US Open.  Similarly, his post USO form has been below his standard for most of 2013.  Change since last ranking – 3

8.  Milos Raonic – Milos beat Tipsy in 5 sets in a Davis Cup tilt and then reached back-to-back finals winning in Thailand and losing in Tokyo to JMDP.  His losses to JMDP and Wawrinka tell me that as well as Raonic has played since Wimbledon he is still two tiers below Rafa, Nole and Murray whereas JMDP and Wawrinka may be only 1 tier back.

9. Tomas Berdych – His semifinal showing in Beijing was marred by an injury induced withdraw versus Rafa. Raonic’ win over Berdych in Thailand lands the Big Czech at #9. Change since last ranking – 2

10.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – He made a nice return to the tour with a semifinal showing in Shanghai.  Tsonga has a great shot at the World Tour Finals especially with Murray not playing and the faster surfaces of this portion of the seasons favoring his big game.  His return to form puts Roger Federer’s bid for London in some jeopardy. 

Dropped Out: Roger Federer – Uh ….  I think that Paris and Basel will yield enough points for Roger to reach the World Tour Finals but 2013 has been rough for the Swiss Maestro.  Who would have thought a beating from Nadal in the championship match in Rome followed by a 5 set comeback vs. Gilles Simon and a one-sided drubbing from Tsonga at the French Open followed by a title at Halle would be the last consistent stretch of success for Roger in 2013?

John Isner – He reached the quarters in Beijing showing that the Big Man can win a match or two outside of the US, but since Cincinnati Isner’s momentum has faded.

Biggest Mover: Juan Martin del Potro climbed 6 spots after dropping 6 spots following his loss to Hewitt in NY!

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