Tennis Power Ranking 2015: Andy Murray Snaps Losing Streak to Djokovic and Wins Montreal

Tennis Abides 2015 Power Ranking #9

A lot has changed since Wimbledon

  1. Novak Djokovic – Nole is still number one in my power ranking heading into Cincinnati and will be #1 heading into the US Open.  Andy Murray will be a challenge if the two meet in the US Open final, but Novak has played so well this year that a close runner-up finish at a Masters 1000 event to Andy Murray seems like a disapointing result.  The fact is it is not a bad result for Novak’s first tennis since winning Wimbledon.
  2. Andy Murray – Aside from breaking an eight match losing streak to Novak Djokovic and winning a Masters 1000 event, it should be noted that Murray throttled Kei Nishikori in the semifinal round.  Murray is looking to add to his Grand Slam haul and cannot be discounted heading into New York.  Change since last ranking +2 
  3. Roger Federer – Roger has not played since his Wimbledon runner-up finsh.  He is limiting his US Open preparation to Cincinnati alone.  That may be wise as Federer’s legs looked to be cooked by the time he reached the 2014 US Open semifinal round.  Change since last ranking -1
  4. Kei Nishikori – If Kei can remain healthy, he will again be a factor at the US Open.  Nishikori won Washington, DC by beating Cilic and Isner back-to-back.  He dominated Nadal in Montreral, but he was in turn dominated by Andy Murray in the semifinal round.  Change since last ranking – not ranked
  5. Stan Wawrinka – Stan endured some ugliness on court in Montreal.  He also is having back issues.  Wawrinka’s Roland Garros title and Wimbledon quarterfinal finish keep him in my top 5. Change since last ranking -2
  6. John Inser – The big man took home the title in Atlanta, he was runner-up in Washington, DC, and finished as a quarterfinalist in Montreal.  His penchant for long matches may leave him leg weary in the first week of the US Open.  Change since last ranking – not ranked
  7. Marin Cilic – Cilic did enough in Weshington, DC to remain in my top 10.  Change since last ranking – 1
  8. Rafael Nadal – Rafa is still struggling against top players, but he won a title and reached the quarterfinal of a Masters 1000 event.  Change since last ranking – not ranked
  9. Dominic Thiem – His back-to-back titles on clay followed by a semifinal finish were impressive.  His leg weary and jet lagged hard court losses have Thiem in a holding pattern.  Change since last ranking – not ranked
  10. Ivo Karlovic – He just joined the 10,000 ace club (Does Goran charge dues for new members?).  Change since last ranking – not ranked

Biggest Movers – Andy Murray plus 2 and Stanislas Wawrinka minus 2

Dropped Out of the Poll – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Nick Kyrgios, Vasek Pospisil, and Milos Raonic

Entered the Poll – Kei Nishikori, John Isner, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, and Ivo Karlovic 

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