Third Tennis Power Ranking 2014
Masters 1000 events always lead to movement
- Rafael Nadal – Nadal will remain number at least through the conclusion of Miami. Those who over analyze things might look at a loss to Wawrinka, losing a set and saving match points versus Andujar on clay, losing a set to Stepanek, and then losing to Dolgopolov as signs of trouble. I just see Rafa waiting until his latest assault on Roland Garros.
- Novak Djokovic – Nole avenged a 2012 loss to John Isner and then rallied from a set down to take Federer out in the Indian Wells title match. Change since last ranking +2
- Roger Federer – Had Roger won Brisbane or Indian Wells he might be close to dethroning Rafa at the top spot. Still, Roger’s ATP ranking is rising and his 2014 form is far above that of 2013.
- Stanislas Wawrinka – Stan has not done much wrong in 2014. Losing to a surging Kevin Anderson is no crime, but both Roger and Nole played well enough in Indian Wells to move past him. Change since last ranking -2
- Tomas Berdych – Despite an early loss in Indian Wells, I will hold Berdych at 5. Berdych has a title, a Grand Slam semifinal and a tournament runner-up finish to his name in 2014. He lost a close match to a player who is also enjoying a nice 2014. An early loss in Miami will drop Berdych though.
- Kevin Anderson – Anderson handed Wawrinka his first loss of 2014. Adding that to his other strong results is enough to see his unexpected 2014 rise continue. His anemic performance versus Federer kept him from the 5th slot. Change since last ranking +4
- Grigor Dimitrov – Grigor did not do much wrong in losing to Gulbis (who would be ranked 11th in my Power Ranking if I ranked 11 players). Still, consistency is something Grigor will have to find if he wants to contend for the bigger prizes on tour. Change since last ranking – 3
- Andy Murray – Back surgery and being the reigning Wimbledon champion have me giving this slot to Murray as a sort of ranking emeritus. He has 1000 points to defend in Miami. Throw in the 2250 he is defending in the upcoming grass court season and Murray could feel pressure or could look at the clay season as an unexpected source of points. I am not sure what to expect in Miami, but Murray would like to protect his seeding at the next three slams (Wimbledon may use past grass court results to boost Murray). Change since last ranking – 3
Biggest Mover – Kevin Anderson +4 – I don’t see him remaining #6, but his results plus handing Wawrinka his first loss in 2014 earn him a big jump.
Entered the Poll – Alexandr Dolgopolov His unique style of play delivered some upsets and he debuts in my Top 10.
Dropped Out of the Poll – David Ferrer His health is a question mark entering Miami. He has 600 points to defend in the Florida Keys. Federer could pass him without even playing Miami.