2015 Power Ranking #7: Stan Powers His Way to a Second Grand Slam Title
- Novak Djokovic – Novak is firmly the number 1 player in the world. That may be small consolation after another close call in Paris. The extra week to prepare for Wimbledon should help in his title defense.
- Stan Wawrinka – Stan followed his solid showing in Rome up with a masterful display of power tennis. Stan battered his way past a tricky Gilles Simon, clobbered his Davis Cup comrade Roger Federer, and turned back the last French hope in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Against Djokoivc, he pushed the baeline hugging Serb further and further back into the court. By making him play outside of his favored court positioning, Wawrinka set up the potential for an upset. Wawrinka’s shotmaking in big points made that potential a reality. Change since last ranking +6
- Andy Murray – Andy didn’t do anything wrong to drop a spot in my power ranking. He reached the semifinal round and pushed Novak to 5 sets after falling behind after two one-sided sets. Change since last ranking – 1
- Roger Federer – Roger played well enough in Paris to reach the quarterfinal round. He did not have much to say about the result of his match with Wawrinka. At 33, it is hard to know what Roger can still do. We will know more after the grass court season. Roger defends 1450 points between his Halle and Wimbledon results from 2014.
- Rafael Nadal – Rafa looked quite solid in his first 4 matches at Roland Garros. Minus a 4 game run versus Djokovic, Rafa looked outgunned versus the World #1. Rafa’s mental attitude is in a good place heading into the grass court season.
- Kei Nishikori – Kei reached the quarters in Paris and lost in 5 sets to Tsonga. Kei seems on the cusp of bigger wins, but does he have the little extra needed to do what Wawrinka did in Paris?
- Tomas Berdych – The Big Czech has played well in most of his 2015 events. He did not look great vs Tsonga. Change since last ranking – 3
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Tsonga reached his second Roland Garros semifinal by playing powerful tennis. His return to form should be a fun variable for the grass season. Change since last ranking – not ranked
- Nick Kyrgios – Nick played well enough in Paris prior to losing to Andy Murray.
- Milos Raonic – Milos is back from foot surgery. His return to the power ranking is based on some of the players we see in the dropped out list failing to do much in Paris. Change since last ranking – not ranked
Biggest Mover – Stan Wawrinka +6
Dropped Out of the Poll – Grigor Dimitrov and John Isner – Dimitrov’s stock is falling, and he has the same 1450 points to defend on grass that Federer does.
Entered the Poll – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic