Tennis Power Ranking 2014: Post-Wimbledon & Then Some

2014 Power Ranking #8 – Wimbledon

  1. Novak Djokovic – Nole and Rafa continue to play hot potato with my top spot.  Novak is now a two-time Wimbledon champion and a newly wed.  I think the wind is at his back for the hard court summer.  Novak was tennis’ most consistent player from 2012-mid 2014, but he was not tennis’ most clutch player.  I think this Wimbledon win will recharge his mental toughness after a number of near misses.  Change since last ranking +1
  2. Rafael Nadal – Rafa looked to be rounding into form in the weaker half of the draw until a 19-year-old hit 37 aces.  He ran into a hot player, but 3 consecutive years of failing to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinal round following 5 somewhat consecutive trips to the championship round does raise questions about his ability to win Wimbledon in the future.  Change since last ranking – 1
  3. Roger Federer – The Fed picked up a title in Halle and reached his 9th Wimbledon final.  He snuck out the first set versus Nole and out and out grasped the 4th set from the jaws of defeat.  He can win an 18th major even if a lot has to go right for that to happen.  Change since last ranking +4 
  4. Milos Raonic – The big serving Canadian continues to make incremental progress up the ladder in men’s tennis.  On balance, he did not have the grass court season that Dimitrov had, but he did much better in Paris than Grigor.  His match versus Federer was not must see TV and he will need to handle such situations better in the future.  Change since last ranking + 1
  5. Grigor Dimitrov – Grigor won Queen’s Club beating Wawrinka along the way and then saved a match point before rallying to take the title.  He backed that up with 5 wins at Wimbledon including a dismissal of an out of sorts Andy Murray.  He fought Djokovic in the semifinal round as well.  In the past 52 weeks he has won 4 titles on 4 surfaces, reached his first slam quarterfinal, reached his first slam semifinal and collected wins over Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka.  Change since last ranking: Not ranked
  6. Stanislas Wawrinka – He appears to have recovered from his post-Monte Carlo clay court swoon.  Stan mixed it up with an in form Feliciano Lopez and could easily have been up 2 sets on Roger Federer.  Once Federer won the second set, the match turned in Roger’s direction, but Stan was close to reaching his second slam final of 2014.
  7. Marin Cilic – Goran has helped as he has posted a nice year.  Had he beaten Nole after going up 2 sets to 1, the tennis world would have been in chaos.  Change since last ranking: Not ranked
  8. Tomas Berdych – He’s been quite solid this year, but I don’t suspect that he is on the cusp of any sort of breakthrough.
  9. Andy Murray – The good news is that Andy has been 13-3 in Grand Slam play in 2014 finishing in the top 8 or better at all 3 slams.  The bad news is that his defense of his Wimbledon title lacked something.  I am not sure where his game is since his back surgery, but he has very few signature wins since returning to the tour.  Change since last ranking – 6
  10. Feliciano Lopez – FLo was runner-up at Queen’s Club/Aegon Championships, won the Aegon International and reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon.  His 12-2 record on grass in 2014 warranted a spot in the top 10.  Change since last ranking: Not Ranked 

Entered the Poll – Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic both re-entered my 2014 Power Ranking.  Feliciano Lopez also made an appearance.  

Dropped out of the Poll – David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori and Ernests Gulbis all fell out of my Power Ranking.

Biggest Mover – Andy Murray dropped 6 spots

3 Comments Add yours

  1. jane says:

    i’d probably switch grigor (queens titles, better semifinal effort) and milos – as well as berdych and murray (murray went deeper and did well at the french and in rome) – but otherwise i agree. 🙂

    1. Dan Martin says:

      Yeah, I think Grigor is ahead of Milos at the moment, but Milos went to the semis in Rome and then quarters in Paris so his consistency has been a little better than Grigor’s, but Grigor beat him in Melbourne

      Murray should probably be one spot higher. I am just confused by him at the moment. If his back is not 100% yet or if he is still rusty, then his 2014 makes perfect sense to me. If he is healthy, I have no idea what is going on. He went out so meekly to both Rafa and Grigor that he seems mentally checked out at the moment. I hope that improves rapidly.

  2. jane says:

    i wonder if murray’s coaching situation is at the heart of what’s up? he said he was feeling better, and he played well in the early matches at wimbledon. but it’s like when he comes into a big match he falters. maybe lendl really helped him stay focused, and helped clarify tactics for each match? murray has a lot in his arsenal so maybe lendl helped him hone in?

    as for grigor/milos yeah you make a good point – they are pretty much equal all things considered. both made semis at wimbledon and semis at rome. grigor lost early at the french whereas milos reached the quarters, but then grigor won the title at queens. the interesting thing is that they are both doing well on all surfaces at the moment, which bodes well for them remaining in the top 10.

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