2014 Power Ranking #8 – Wimbledon
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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