Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Novak Djokovic’s Hegemony

The 7th Tennis Power Ranking of 2016

  1. Novak Djokovic – The world #1 just claimed his 4th consecutive major title!  His hold on the top spot is unquestioned.  There is a pretty big barrier between Novak and the field.  annapurna
  2. Andy Murray – Murray won Rome and was runner-up at both Roland Garros and Madrid.  He is clearly the #2 player in the world.  However, he and his team have a tough puzzle to solve named Novak Djokovic.  
  3. Dominic Thiem – The youngster won his 5th clay court title over the past 52 weeks prior to Roland Garros.  He then reached his first ever Grand Slam semifinal with an impressive set of wins in Paris.  He has a lot of ground to cover to catch Murray for #2, but his play has placed him 3rd heading into the grass court season.  Change since last ranking +2
  4. Stan Wawrinka – Stan absorbed a generally poor clay court season and proceeded to win Geneva for his 3rd title of 2016.  He then reached the Roland Garros semifinal round offering a solid but unsuccessful defense of his 2015 Roland Garros title.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked
  5. Rafael Nadal – Rafa won Monte Carlo and Barcelona and played quite well in Madrid and Rome.  His injury induced departure from Paris was clearly deflating.  Where his health stands is always a question.  This injury puts most if not all of Rafa’s grass court season in doubt.  Change since last ranking – 2
  6. David Goffin – He played well in Paris and could have reached the semifinal round had his momentum continued in the second set of his match versus Thiem.  Change since last ranking + 1
  7. Tomas Berdych – The big Czech rebounded from an awful showing in Rome by beating David Ferrer and reaching a Roland Garros quarterfinal (at which point Nole dismissed him).  Change since last ranking – Not ranked
  8. Richard Gasquet – He played well and upended Kei Nishikori.  He sputtered to a one-sided loss versus Andy Murray after testing the world #2 for 2 tense sets.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked
  9. Kei Nishikori – Kei was runner-up at Barcelona and a semifinalist at both Madrid and Rome.  His play in Paris did not live up to his potential there.  Change since last ranking – 5
  10. Milos Raonic – Milos played fine in Paris until his announcement about bringing John McEnroe onto his grass court team.  Change since last ranking – 2

Biggest Movers – Kei Nishikori -5, Dominic Thiem +2, Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic -2

Entered the Poll – Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, and Richard Gasquet

Dropped out of the Poll – Roger Federer (!), Gael Monfils, and Nick Kyrgios 

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