Tennis Abides 2015 Power Ranking #10
A lot changed in Montreal, will stability return after Cincinnati?
- Novak Djokovic – Novak may not have picked up any trophies or a Golden Masters Series (that needs a new name), but he got everything he wanted in terms of US Open preparation. Novak played 10 matches over 14 days in 2 different cities. He is match tested heading into a week of getting used to New York. From there, Nole will get to play every other day and seek Grand Slam title #10. Novak is such a good hard court player that 1 US Open title seems too low. He is the favorite this year so a 2nd US Open crown may be close at hand.
- Roger Federer – The Swiss Maestro is approaching 90 career titles. His 7th title in Cincinnati demonstrated that Roger is serving as well as ever. If his new attack of the second serve helps him to break serve 5% more often, he will be deadly. I am not sure how Roger will hold up if he has to play a lot of 5 set matches, but if he gets through the first week with minimal effort, watch out in week 2. Change since last ranking +1
- Andy Murray – The Scot enters the US Open firmly among the triumvirate of top contenders. His win in Montreal and gritty wins to reach the Cincinnati semifinal round leave Murray at 8-1 over his past 9 matches. Change since last ranking -1
- Kei Nishikori – We know Kei has the game, but does he have the ability to stay healthy for 7 matches?
- Stan Wawrinka – Stan played well enough in Cincinnati to dispel any concerns over his back injury in Montreal. Stan is tougher to beat in 3 of 5 set matches. I expect Stan to reach the round of 16 or better in New York. If he gets on a roll, he can win Grand Slam #3.
- 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. Isner made a good choice to skip Winston-Salem after a tired loss in Cincinnati. Having nearly 2 weeks off before the US Open might help John reach the second week in New York.
- Richard Gasquet – Richard played quite well in Cincinnati and could be a decent bet for the final 8 in New York (did I just type that?). Change since last ranking – not ranked
- Rafael Nadal – Rafa has looked pretty solid against players he should beat. We have not seen Rafa 2015 beat the top tier of players, but he does know how to win Grand Slams and how to win in New York. Underestimate Rafa at your own peril.
- Marin Cilic – Cilic has done enough this summer to hang on to a low spot in my top 10. Change since last ranking – 2
- Feliciano Lopez – The attacking Spaniard took Nadal out in a tight 3 set clash at Cincinnati. He played Federer reasonably tough as well. Change since last ranking – not ranked
Biggest Mover – Marin Cilic – 2
Entered the Poll – Richard Gasquet and Feliciano Lopez
Dropped Out of the Poll – Ivo Karlovic and Dominic Thiem
On the Cusp – Alexandr Dolgopolov and David Goffin