Novak Djokovic – Novak takes the 2016 year by the throat by winning his 6th Australian Open title and by winning Qatar. He has 2250 ranking points in the bank for 2016. More importantly, his 8 hard court Grand Slam titles have him sitting ahead of Sampras’ 7 and only 1 behind Roger’s 9. Novak also has 3 one-sided wins in 2016 over his 3 biggest rivals.
Andy Murray – Andy’s wife is expecting their first born child soon and his father-in-law collapsed at the Australian Open. To reach the final and play 2 solid sets versus Novak Djokovic was not the worst showing he could have had.
Milos Raonic – The Big Canadian won Brisbane beating Roger Federer in the final. He followed that up with a 5 set win over Stan Wawrinka and a 5 set near miss versus Andy Murray in the Australian Open semifinal round. As twitter stated, Milos’ is the leader of the Lost Boys.
Roger Federer – The Swiss veteran was runner-up in Brisbane and a semifinalist at the Australian Open. He would have liked a few more wins, but the speed of Plexicushion is not ideal for his game at this stage of his career. He has been solidly very good but not great yet in 2016.
Stan Wawrinka – Stan won in India and played well enough in his 5 set round of 16 loss to Milos Raonic to grab the #5 spot.
David Ferrer – Ferrer ended Lleyton Hewitt’s singles career and dominated John Isner en route to the quarterfinal round. His boundless energy and willingness to compete keep Ferrer in the top 10.
Kei Nishikori – Kei played well enough to reach the quarterfinal round, but Novak Djokovic took no chances after a round of 16 scare and dominated Nishikori.
Tomas Berdych – Tomas has been in and around the top 10 for a long time, but he has not been able to elevate to a level above where he sits very often.
Gael Monfils – Gael played well and fought through a draw that became favorable toward him.
Gilles Simon – He was the only guy to get two sets off of Novak Djokovic in Melbourne so that is worth the 10th slot in my first power ranking of 2016.