2015 Power Ranking #5 – Murray Does Damage on the Dirt
- Novak Djokovic – Novak has not played since winning Monte Carlo because frankly he didn’t have to. Will he cross the Rubicon and take Rome?
- Andy Murray – I can’t move Andy to #1 because of Nole’s stellar 2015, but Murray won Munich and was the last man standing in Madrid after a difficult schedule marred by rain delays and late night matches. Murray beat Raonic, Nishikori, and Rafael Nadal by winning 6 straight sets.
- Tomas Berdych – The Big Czech was soundly beaten by Nadal in the Madrid semis, but he is a model of consistency in 2015. Change since last ranking +1
- Rafael Nadal – Rafa has two 2015 losses on clay to Fabio Fognini. He just took a beating from Andy Murray in Madrid. Still, Rafa beat Dimitrov and Berdych in straight sets. He does not look like the Rafa we know, but a semi in Monte Carlo and runner-up in Madrid moves him to #4. Change since last ranking +2
- Roger Federer – Roger won the first ever Istanbul event. He promptly lost an extremely close match to Nick Kyrgios in Madrid. I don’t think Roger has given up on clay, but his own words even suggest that he does not have the match on his racquet on dirt. Change since last ranking – 2
- Kei Nishikori – He continued to do well in Spain. Kei won Barcelona for the second consecutive year and destroyed Ferrer in Madrid. He did not show much against a red hot Murray though. Change since last ranking – Not ranked
- John Isner – Between Monte Carlo and Madrid, a case can be made that Isner is most effective on clay. Who wants to play him in Paris?
- Milos Raonic – The big serving Canadian stays at #8, but he will miss big events to heal his nerve issue. Team Raonic should not worry about short term ranking losses as his steady rise suggests he will get those points back sooner rather than later.
- Nick Kyrgios – Nick reached his first tournament final in Estoril and knocked off Roger Federer in Madrid. That is enough for him to grab the #9 slot in this ranking. Change since last ranking – Not ranked
- Grigor Dimitrov – Grigor played well enough to keep his 10th slot, but he needs a big win against one of the top tier guys.
Biggest Mover – Rafael Nadal +2 and Roger Federer – 2
Dropped Out of the Poll – Gael Monfils and David Ferrer
Entered the Poll – Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov