Tennis Power Ranking 2015: #2
Given that I live so close to Cincinnati we can all hope these are used for seedings at Masters Cincinnati
- Novak Djokovic – Novak withstood some nerves in the second set to avenge his loss in Dubai and further strengthen his hold on the #1 ranking. I think Djokovic is the man to beat if he is feeling at ease and playing on a medium paced surface or slower.
- Roger Federer – Roger’s title in Dubai and runner-up showing at Indian Wells have erased his poor Australian Open performance. He is locked in at #2 until/unless Rafa can return to his desired form. Roger would likely want a match with Nole in which the surface plays a bit faster. Change since last ranking +4
- Andy Murray – Andy has been a bit hot and cold in 2015, but his recent Davis Cup results combined with his Indian Wells wins demonstrate he is on a hot streak. Change since last ranking -1
- Milos Raonic – The powerful Canadian looks like he is willing to disturb the oligolpoly that has ruled men’s tennis since 2008. Change since last ranking +4
- Rafael Nadal – Rafa’s title in Buenos Aires and quarterfinal run at Indian Wells have him edging out countryman David Ferrer for the 5th spot. Rafa has not seemed like himself in 2015, but until the clay court season is in the books, it is hard to know what if anything this means. Change since last ranking – 1
- David Ferrer – David has been en fuego for much of 2015. He did not post his best result at Indian Wells, but 3 titles are 3 titles. I expect Ferrer to rebound in Miami. Change since last ranking – not ranked
- Tomas Berdych – The Big Czech has been quite consistent in 2015, but has yet to build upon his victory over Nadal in Melbourne with another signature win.
- Kei Nishikori – He hit the right notes in Memphis, but has yet to make a push against the Big 4.
- Stanislas Wawrinka – I think Stan benefits in 3 out of 5 set matches, but I also thought his title in Rotterdam would bode well for his weekly results. Stan is still in my top 5 for slams on surfaces other than clay, but his results in Dubai and Indian Wells were not great. Change since last ranking – 6
- Bernard Tomic – Tomic has put together his best stretch of tennis ever in 2015. Withdrawing from Indian Wells and losses to Donald Young aside, he seems to be focused on success. Change since last ranking – not ranked
Biggest Movers – Roger Federer and Milos Raonic each jumped 4 spots while Stanislas Wawrinka fell 6 (!) spots
Entered the Poll – David Ferrer and Bernard Tomic
Dropped Out – Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov