Tennis Power Ranking 2016 #3: Miami
Novak Djokovic Still Dominates Tennis
- Novak Djokovic – Novak Djokovic is occupying a niche rarely occupied in any sport. He is far and away better than every other practitioner of his sport right now.
- Milos Raonic – Milos’ play in the first portion of 2016 places him in a distant 2nd place as the tour heads to Europe. Milos won Brisbane, was runner-up at Indian Wells, a semifinalist at the Australian Open, and a quarterfinalist at Miami. Had he beaten Kyrgios I would have been more comfortable placing him 2nd, but I don’t have many options. Change since last ranking + 1
- David Goffin – Goffin played great tennis at both Indian Wells and Miami. A misplayed overhead likely cost him the first set of his semifinal versus Djokovic in Miami. Based on Miami, I nearly put Goffin #2, but Raonic beat him at Indian Wells and made a slam semi in Melbourne. Change since last ranking + 6
- Kei Nishikori – He was runner-up in Miami, won Memphis, and was a quarterfinalist at Indian Wells and the Australian Open. That is a strong start to 2016, but his 6-3, 6-3 loss to Djokovic didn’t make me believe he is close to springing a major upset either. Change since last ranking + 6
- Rafael Nadal – Rafa showed some signs of life at Indian Wells, but Miami was a setback. Change since last ranking – 3
Roger Federer – A runner-up finish at Brisbane and a semifinal finish at the Australian Open make Roger a top 10 player in 2016, but he has not played since the Australian Open and had minor knee surgery.
- Dominic Thiem – He has 2 titles and played Nole reasonably tough in Miami.
- Nick Kyrgios – Nick blasted his way into the semifinal round and confirmed that his ceiling is very high. He needs more consistency in his results, but he seems to be on the right path. Change since last ranking – not ranked
- Andy Murray – Andy seems to be in a funk. Hopes existed that a 2015 Davis Cup triumph and the birth of his first child would lead to a push forward for Andy. To this point that has not happened. Change since last ranking – 5
- Stan Wawrinka – His titles in India and Dubai keep him on the list, but he is not looking strong heading into the European clay court swing. Change since last ranking – 5
Biggest Change – David Goffin and Kei Nishikori each jumped 6 places!
Entered the Poll – Nick Kyrgios
Dropped Out of the Poll – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga