- Novak Djokovic – Nole won Beijing and reached the semifinal round in Shanghai. He has played well enough to make it likely that he finishes 2014 ranked #1. We’ve yet to see Nole hit a dominant streak since Wimbledon, but he’s playing well enough to stay #1.
- Roger Federer – Roger owns 4 titles in 2014. He has meshed 5 runner-up finishes including 2nd place finishes at Wimbledon and 3 Masters 1000 events with his conquests. Even his semifinal finishes in Melbourne and New York look impressive. Roger may be 33, but he’s playing at a high level. Change since last ranking +1
- Kei Nishikori – He won in Tokyo and where he faces a lot of pressure. I placed a solid line between him and the top two as there is a major mess outside of Roger and Nole right now. He did not play well in Shanghai, but his US Open runner-up finish and title in Tokyo have Kei tentatively at #3. Change since last ranking +2
- Marin Cilic – Marin has not done much since the US Open ended. He did go 1-0 in Davis Cup singles and played well enough in Beijing. I don’t think too much should be made of his recent stumbles. Change since last ranking -2
- Rafael Nadal – What is going on with Rafa’s health? This question has been asked many times since his stress fracture in 2004. Still, his right wrist issues and appendix issues have raised the question anew. Change since last ranking – 1
- Andy Murray – Andy claimed his first title of the year and then played well enough in Beijing and Shanghai. His loss to Nole was not a bad omen, but his loss to Ferrer means that Murray has had few quality wins in 2014 (Marin Cilic in Beijing being one of them). Change since last ranking + 2
- Gilles Simon – If he can maintain his level in Shanghai, he can beat a lot of people. Change since last ranking – not ranked
- Stanislas Wawrinka – Stan’s 2014 has had some dizzying highs and unexplainable lows. His US Open form and Wimbledon form were strong. Since the US Open, his play has been spotty. Change since last ranking -2
- Milos Raonic – He has played well, but injury concerns could dampen the end of a breakout season for the Big Canadian. Change since last ranking -2
- Tomas Berdych – He got blitzed by Nole in the Beijing final and lost to Simon in the quarters in Shanghai. Can and will Ivan Lendl help a player who seems to be close to big trophies? Change since last ranking – not ranked
Biggest Movers – Nishikori and Murray both jumped two spots. Raonic, Wawrinka and Cilic all dropped two spots.
Entered the Poll – Gilles Simon and Tomas Berdych
Dropped Out of the Poll – Grigor Dimitrov and Gael Monfils