Tennis Power Ranking 2015: Novak’s New York State of Mind

Tennis Abides 2015 Power Ranking #11

  1. Novak Djokovic – Nole claiming his 10th major title and wrapping up his 4th year at #1 is about as comprehensive of a way to be #1 in my ranking as any.  Novak was runner-up in Montreal and Cincinnati, but it all built toward his 2nd US Open crown.
  2. Roger Federer – Roger played great tennis to reach the final and had some great moments in the championship match, but Novak Djokovic is a bad match-up for everyone these days including the ageless Roger Federer.
  3. Stan Wawrinka – Stan did not appear to be at his best in New York, but he won 5 matches.  Stan’s physical style of play allows him to do better in 3 of 5 set events than his 2 of 3 set lead-in events might suggest. Change since last ranking + 2
  4. Richard Gasquet – Gasquet followed his unexpected Wimbledon semifinal run with a somewhat expected US Open quarterfinal run. Change since last ranking + 3
  5. Marin Cilic – The big man gets this spot largely due to so many players flaming out earlier than expected at the US Open.  Following-up his 2014 title with a semifinal finish in 2015 should not be overshadowed by his one-sided injury plagued semifinal loss to Djokovic.  Change since last ranking + 4
  6. Andy Murray – Andy looked like a title contender after winning Montreal. Cincinnati did not go perfectly, but one figured with a week of rest and a day off between matches that Andy would be ready for NY.  Instead, Andy played a lot of long matches and looked too passive in his matches.  Change since last ranking – 3
  7. Kevin Anderson – The South African won in North Carolina and then blasted his way to the quarterfinal round at the US Open.  It was a great 2 1/2 weeks of tennis for Anderson even if fatigue impacted his meek play versus Stan Wawrinka.  Change since last ranking – not ranked
  8. Feliciano Lopez – The attacking Spaniard took Fognini out in New York and played pretty well versus Novak Djokovic despite it being a terrible match-up for him. Change since last ranking + 2
  9. John Isner – The Big Bulldog may play a style of tennis that is pretty dull, but he proved that he can be a tough out for everyone on tour.  Isner won Atlanta, was runner-up at Washington, DC, and played well in his round of 16 finish at the US Open.  Change since last ranking – 3
  10. Rafael Nadal – Rafa did not look great through two rounds and then surrendered what seemed like an insurmountable lead versus Fabio Fognini.  Still, Rafa won a title after Wimbledon on red clay.  Rafa says his game is close to being where he wants it.  We probably will not know if this is true until Melbourne 2016, but the verbage is positive.  Change since last ranking – 2

Biggest Mover – Marin Cilic + 4

Entered the Poll – Kevin Anderson

Dropped Out of the Poll – Kei Nishikori

On the Cusp – No one.  People can step up and perhaps when Raonic gets healthy he will return to the fold, but Nishikori, Dimitrov, Thiem, Kyrgios, Pospisil, Sock, and others could make some noise before the season ends.

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