2014 Power Ranking #5 – Monte Carlo Crowns a New Number One
- Stanislas Wawrinka – Good to Great … sounds about right. The 2014 points totals are competitive, but Stan has wins over Rafa, Nole and Federer along with a Slam and Masters 1000 title. As strange as it sounds to me, Stan is my #1 at the moment. Change since last ranking +3
- Novak Djokovic – Nole was destroying the field in Monte Carlo until a bad wrist and an in-form Federer ended his hot streak. For tennis’ sake, he needs to get his wrist healthy ASAP. Change since last ranking -1
- Rafael Nadal – After 8 years of not losing in Monte Carlo, Rafa has been frustrated each of the past 2 years. David Ferrer is a great clay court player, but Rafa has normally handled him. Change since last ranking -1
- Roger Federer – Federer has been one of the most consistent players in 2014. He’s been to 4 tournament finals, but two 3 set runner-up finishes in Masters 1000 events mean Roger has left some big trophies on the table. Roger’s wins over Tsonga and Djokovic have to have him feeling good, but his 1-3 record in 2014 tournament finals could be cause for concern. Change since last ranking – 1
- David Ferrer – David returns to my Power Ranking in a big way. His loss to Wawrinka aside, beating Rafael Nadal on clay in Monte Carlo is a BIG deal. Change since last ranking – not ranked
- Tomas Berdych – Berdych is #6 based on his solid form in 2014. I am not sure what the clay court season will bring even if he was a 2010 French Open semifinalist. Change since last ranking – 1
- Milos Raonic – Milos played well enough on a surface that highlights his weakness (foot speed) to impress me. Still, Ferrer’s rise means some will fall. Change since last ranking – 1
- Andy Murray – He’s in a holding pattern for now.
- Kei Nishikori – Can he stay healthy?
- Fabio Fognini – Maybe I am over valuing his wins over Murray and Andujar, but Fognini is going to get a boost by playing on clay.
Biggest Mover – Stanislas Warinka +3
Entered the Poll – David Ferrer and Fabio Fognini
Dropped Out of the Poll – Kevin Anderson – The change to slower surfaces makes his cooling down predictable. Keep an eye on Anderson in the grass and hard court stretches though. Alexandr Dolgopolov – He’s playing well and could make headway on clay.