Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Miami Crowns a New Number One

Fourth Tennis Power Ranking 2014

Miami Crowns a New Number One

  1. Novak Djokovic – Nole ended 2013 on a streak.  He’s back to his winning ways.  Winning back-to-back Masters 1000 events by beating Federer and then Nadal in each final has Novak back to my top spot. Change since last ranking +1
  2. Rafael Nadal – He’s never won Miami despite a lot of fan support.  Being a runner-up to Novak is no crime, but Novak’s recent form has pushed Nadal to second place.  Change since last ranking -1 
  3. Roger Federer – Roger’s loss after twice leading by a set and a break is a cause for concern.  He has not played all that well in Miami (especially at night) in recent years.  The clay season will be interesting for Roger.  One wonder if Edberg and he want to save his legs for grass.
  4. Stanislas Wawrinka – His Australian Open title has him at #4, but his recent results have not been great.
  5. Tomas Berdych – He’s had a quietly good year in 2014.  It is too bad he could not play his semifinal in Miami.  
  6. Milos Raonic – The big Canadian beat Murray at Indian Wells and then took a set off of Rafa in Miami.  There is a gap between the top 5 and everyone else.  Milos appears to be #6 for the time being.  Change since last ranking – Not Ranked  
  7. Andy Murray – He splits with Lendl and has another pre-semifinal loss.  Still, he showed some fight in a strange loss to Nole.  Change since last ranking +1
  8. Kei Nishikori – Can he stay healthy? Change since last ranking – Not Ranked
  9. Alexandr Dolgopolov – His Indian Wells form continued to some extent in Miami.
  10. Kevin Anderson – The clay court swing will likely cause him to drop, but he has had a nice 2014.  Change since last ranking – 3

Biggest Mover – Kevin Anderson – 3

Entered the Poll – Milos Raonic – Milos has had an interesting 2014.  What can he do on clay?  Kei Nishikori – He has game.  Can he stay healthy?

Dropped Out of the Poll – Grigor Dimitrov – will he make good on his promising start to 2014?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ben says:

    Agree with pretty all of this. I’m actually really glad that Dolgopolov was able to carry his form into Miami. That was definitely a question mark. No real shame in losing to Berdych, although he should’ve closed out the second set.

    Nishikori has had the game since he was at least 18. I still remember when he beat Blake in Delray and thought “man Blake choked again” but looking back, Nishikori was simply really good. If not for injuries, I think he would’ve been a great player by now. The win over Ferrer and Federer was great but yet again he’s foiled by an injury.

    I hope to see Dimitrov continue his good form but I’m still not convinced. Something just hasn’t clicked yet.

    You have to give your “pre-semifinal loss” criticism against Murray has to have a huge asterisk. He lost to Djokovic. There’s really no shame in that. And he played extremely well for most of the match. However, he should be criticized for the lethargic way he lost the last 4 games. He went from fantastically aggressive to completely passive out of no where, imo.

    1. Dan Martin says:

      I agree this was Murray’s best showing of the year, and losing to Novak is never a terrible thing. Murray’s 4 set loss down under to Fed was also not a bad loss. I just think he needs to win something or reach a final to really feel like he is back. Obviously, clay is not his best surface so we may see Murray pick up his first title at Queen’s Club this year.

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