Tennis Power Ranking – Novak Claims 2015

Tennis Abides 2015 Power Ranking #12

This is a tough list to produce becuse Novak devoured so many ranking points in 2015 especially at the end of the year

  1. Novak Djokovic – Novak Djokovic won 3 majors, the World Tour Finals, 6 Masters 1000 events, and won Beijing, a 500 level event, in 2015.  Nole put together one of the greatest, if not the greatest year in the Open Era.
  2. Roger Federer – Roger was twice 2 sets away from major title #18.  Federer won 6 titles and was runner-up at 5 events.  He finished the year 3-5 versus Novak Djokovic losing their 3 biggest matches in 2015.  While Novak got the better of Federer in 2015, Federer still held his own versus the dominating world #1.
  3. Andy Murray – Andy finished 2015 ranked #2 in the world. His wins in Canada and Madrid as well as his strong showings at the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon prove Murray to be the most consistent player of 2015 not named Novak Djokovic.  Still, Murray lacked the overall bite that Roger Federer displayed at Wimbledon, the US Open, and World Tour Finals.  Change since last ranking + 3
  4. Stan Wawrinka – The Roland Garros champion pushed Novak to 5 sets in Melbourne, beat Novak in the Roland Garros final, and won a set off of Novak at the Bercy. Stan’s power game gives him a puncher’s chance versus Novak.  This is something Federer and Murray lack when facing Nole.  Stan’s inconsistent week-to-week results place him behind Federer and Murray despite being a more problematic opponent for King Novak.  Change since last ranking – 1
  5. Rafael Nadal – I was tempted to rank Rafa #4 because he is clearly trending upward.  Rafa blasted bother Stan and Andy in London.  Can Rafa find the needed weapons to challenge Novak in 2016?  Change since last ranking +5
  6. Richard Gasquet – His semifinal showing in Basel paired with some other decent results in 2015 have Gasquet holding the 6th spot.  Change since last ranking – 2
  7. Marin Cilic – Cilic won in Moscow after his Wimbledon quarterfinal and US Open semifinal finishes.  If he gets healthy and starts serving and moving at 2014 levels, Marin could return to the top 10 in the ATP rankings.  Change since last ranking – 2
  8. Feliciano Lopez – The attacking Spaniard stays in a holding pattern to end the year.
  9. David Goffin – With Novak having devoured so many ranking points, everyoe after Nadal on this list could easily be swapped out for someone else.  I am putting Goffin here as he gears up for a Davis Cup clash with the UK.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked
  10. Kei Nishikori – He did win a match at the World Tour Finals versus Berdych and took a set off of Federer in a loss.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked

Biggest Mover – Rafael Nadal + 5 

Entered the Poll – David Goffin

Dropped Out of the Poll – Kevin Anderson and John Isner

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