After the injury marred Madrid final, I had no idea how to rank my Top 10 so I did the
cowardly sensible thing and waited another week. So here is a Double Masters 1000 Power Ranking Extravaganza.
2014 Power Ranking #6 – Madrid and Rome (Roam If You Want To)
- Novak Djokovic – Nole answered questions about the state of his wrist with a title in Rome. He dropped sets to Kohlschreiber, Ferrer, Raonic and Nadal. Still, bending but not breaking and a nasty return of serve place Novak atop my rankings heading into Roland Garros. Change since last ranking +1
- Rafael Nadal – Rafa has 3 clay court losses in 2014 and that is a rarity, but titles in Madrid and Rio along with a runner-up finish in Rome have Rafa solidly at the #2 spot. Change since last ranking +1
- Stanislas Wawrinka – Stan has 3 titles in 2014 including the Australian Open and Monte Carlo. The problem is that since winning Monte Carlo Stan has looked pretty ordinary. Change since last ranking -2
- David Ferrer – The 2013 French Open runner-up rises after losing a tight semifinal match in Madrid and pushing Novak in the Rome quarters. His decent form combined with Federer’s post-baby haze are enough for Ferrer to nudge upward one spot. Change since last ranking +1
- Roger Federer – Federer losing his first match in Rome and skipping Madrid were perfectly understandable, but he does drop one spot. Change since last ranking – 1
- Kei Nishikori – His health is the biggest X factor. His win at Barcelona and runner-up finish in Madrid mean that he’s a guy people hope is on the other side of the draw in Roland Garros. Change since last ranking +3
- Milos Raonic – His solid play at Indian Wells and Monte Carlo were surpassed by his semifinal showing in Rome. If Milos continues to learn to construct points, games, matches and tournaments around his serve, he will be a mainstay in the top 10. Change since last ranking + 1
- Andy Murray – He remains at #8, but for the first time since Wimbledon 2013, Murray looks to be alive and kicking. Murray will be a player neither Nadal nor Djokovic want to see in a quarterfinal match-up.
- Grigor Dimitrov – Grigor won a 250 level clay court event, reached the round of 16 in Madrid and the semifinal round in Rome. His flat performance vs. Nadal does not overshadow his 17-3 record on clay in 2014. Change since last ranking – not ranked
- Tomas Berdych – Berdych split matches with Dimirtov in Madrid and Rome, but he lacks a title on clay this year. Change since last ranking – 4
Biggest Mover – Tomas Berdych dropped 4 slots
Entered the Poll – Grigor Dimitrov
Dropped Out – Fabio Fognini