Tennis Power Ranking 2015: All Hail King Novak III

Tennis Abides 2015 Power Ranking #8:

Novak Wins his 3rd Wimbledon Crown

  1. Novak Djokovic – Novak has won 2 Slams and 4 Masters 1000 events in 2015.  He is firmly in command of men’s tennis and is obviously going to be the heavy favorite entering the US Open.  Novak’s air-tight tennis gave Federer few openings as he claimed his 3rd Wimbledon crown.  The point he played to win the first mini-break of the 1st set tiebreak demonstrated how hard it was to win points versus Novak.
  2. Roger Federer – Roger played quite well on grass winning Halle and making his 10th appearance in the Wimbledon final.  Against Novak, Roger seemed to have a hard time generating offense in baseline rallies making it imperative that he serve really well and knock off some volleys at the net.  Roger briefly had a break lead in the 1st set, had a couple of chances to win the 1st set returning at 6-5, and had an opportunity early in the 3rd set to take a break lead.  Otherwise, Novak gave him no chances for getting his nose out in front.  His second set tiebreak escape act was one for the ages, but Nole not going off the grid after losing the 2nd set sealed Federer’s fate.  Change since last ranking +2
  3. Stan Wawrinka – Stan played well enough at Wimbledon not to drop too far.  Grass courts are not something Stan has totally mastered despite going 8-2 at the previous 2 Wimbledon Championships.  Stan may be the most anticipated potential rival for Djokovic in New York. Change since last ranking -1
  4. Andy Murray – Andy outperformed Wawrinka at Queen’s Club and went one round further than Wawrinka at Wimbledon.  Still, Andy lost in a one-sided manner to Roger Federer.  Can Andy be THE rival for Novak Djokovic over the next 2-3 years?  If he is going to be that, he has to make a better showing against Federer in that semifinal. Change since last ranking – 1
  5. Richard Gasquet – I am shocked to be typing this, but his Wimbledon wins over Dimitrov, Kyrgios, and Wawrinka warrant a big jump.  Gasquet could be setting himself up for a nice summer and fall in 2015.  He could also fall off of the map.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked
  6. Marin Cilic – The 2014 US Open champion did not set the world on fire at Wimbledon.  He did play through his seeding and match his 2014 quarterfinal finish on grass.  Cilic fended off John Isner and played well enough to get some credit.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked
  7. Nick Kyrgios – Nick did not repeat his 2014 quarterfinal finish, but he played well and made a lot of waves.  If he does not mind generating controversy, the next 18 months could be big for him.  Change since last ranking + 2
  8. Vasek Pospisil – He played a number of marathon matches and acquitted himself well at Wimbledon despite some lousy scheduling and poorly timed time violations.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked
  9. Milos Raonic – Milos is back from foot surgery.  He played well enough at Wimbledon to give me confidence that his hard court results heading into the US Open will be solid.  Change since last ranking + 1
  10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Tsonga played well enough despite injuries grab the last spot of this edition of my tennis power rankings. He has 1000 points to defend in Canada so his summer season will matter a lot to his ranking.  Change since last ranking – 2

Biggest Movers – Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios +2 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – 2  

Dropped Out of the Poll – Kei Nishikori health concerns are a constant, Rafael Nadal continues to be a mystery in 2015, and Tomas Berdych has seemingly lost his early 2015 momentum.

Entered the Poll – Richard Gasquet, Marin Cilic, and Vasek Pospisil

Dreddy’s net play was outstanding

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