The Fifth Tennis Power Ranking for 2016
He is the man
- Novak Djokovic – Novak bounced back from his loss at Monte Carlo with a strong showing in Madrid. He lost only one set en route to his record 29th Masters 1000 Shield.
- Rafael Nadal – Rafa did lose to Andy Murray so staying second may seem odd. However, his wins in Monte Carlo and Barcelona place him ahead of Murray in terms of recent results.
- Andy Murray –Andy beat Rafa in Madrid and set right a loss in Monte Carlo that could have been a win for him. Splitting with his coach this close to a major seems a bit odd, but maybe he is hoping to give his new coach time to have a plan in place for Wimbledon. Change since last ranking +1
- Kei Nishikori – Kei was runner-up at Barcelona and was a semifinalist in Madrid. He is clearly one of the 5 men most likely to win in Paris even if those odds drop sharply once one gets beyond Novak and Rafa. Change since last ranking +1
- Dominic Thiem – Thiem hasn’t really done anything wrong despite a tired early loss in Madrid. Nishikori and Murray have just leapfrogged him. Change since last ranking – 2
- Milos Raonic – Milos played well enough in Madrid, but he barely made a dent in Novak Djokovic. That is problem many players have experienced, but until he can even threaten Novak climbing higher seems difficult.
- Nick Kyrgios – This surface is not ideal for Kyrgios, but his talent makes him impossible to ignore. Change since last ranking + 2
- Gael Monfils – Gael should not be ignored based on his very solid 2016 results. Change since last ranking +1
- Roger Federer – Roger is hanging around based upon his strong play in Melbourne and Brisbane and his reasonable play at Monte Carlo. I am sure Roger will welcome a return to Halle’s grass courts regardless of what happens in Rome and Paris. Change since last ranking – 1
- Tomas Berdych – The big Czech has been somewhere near the space he currently occupies on tour for a decade. He may not win the big prize, but he wins often enough to be in this top 10. Change since last ranking – Not ranked
Biggest Movers – Dominic Thiem -2 and Nick Kyrgios +2
Entered the Poll – Tomas Berdych
Dropped out of the Poll – David Goffin