Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Murray Cuts Novak’s Lead

The 7th Tennis Power Ranking of 2016

  1. Novak Djokovic – Nole was the first man since 1992 to win the Australian Open and French Open in the same year.  Novak adds Masters 1000 titles at Indian Wells, Miami, and Madrid to his impressive 2016 results.  Novak’s title at Doha is worth 250 points and his runner-up finish in Rome is worth 600 points.  Amazingly his lead has shrunk by 2410 points since Roland Garros ended.  
  2. Andy Murray – Murray’s 5th Queen’s Club title and 2nd Wimbledon title have shaken the make-up of the tennis year.  Amazingly Murray’s 2400 points won at 2016 Grand Slam events  outpaces Novak’s Grand Slam total this year.  Murray also has a lead over Djokovic among 500 level tournaments.  Djokovic leads among Masters 1000 and 250 level events.  
  3. Milos Raonic – Raonic’s comeback win over David Goffin from 2 sets down plus his 5 set showdown with Roger Federer were two huge steps forward.  He played a somewhat vanilla match versus Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final, but he didn’t roll over.  Milos also reached the championship round at Queen’s Club.  Raonic picked up an impressive 1500 ranking points from those two events.  Change since last ranking + 7
  4. Tomas Berdych – The Big Czech reached the final 8 at Roland Garros and the final 4 at Wimbledon.  At the moment the tour is in a bit of chaos, Berdych’s bankable solid showings place him pretty highly on this list.  Change since last ranking + 3
  5. Dominic Thiem – Thiem followed up his superb clay season with a grass title in Stuttgart and a couple of disappointing losses at Halle and Wimbledon.  Thiem still seems to be on an upward trend, and some rest will do him good.  Change since last ranking – 3
  6. Roger Federer – Roger hit reset on 2016 by skiping Roland Garros and getting a jump start on his grass court season.  Federer’s results were pretty solid.  He reached the semifinal round at Stuttgart, Halle, and Wimbledon.  He should have held serve to force a 4th set tiebreak in the Wimbledon semifinal.  He also likely should have been broken from 0-40 in the 3rd set of his match versus Marin Cilic.  Change since last ranking – not ranked
  7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Jo-Wilfried was the only player to take sets off of Andy Murray at Wimbledon.  His health is a question mark, but Tsonga can still bring it.  Change since last ranking – not ranked
  8. Richard Gasquet – Gasquet had his health fail him during his match versus Tsonga.  Like Tsonga, when healthy Gasquet can still bring it.
  9. David Goffin – He played reasonably well against Raonic in the round of 16.  Had he finished the job vs. Raonic, he may have been in the semifinal round as Sam Querrey would have been an underdog versus Goffin.  Change since last ranking – 3
  10. Stan Wawrinka – Stan’s title in Geneva and semifinal finish at Roland Garros keep him in the top 10, but his anemic loss to Juan Martin del Potro at Wimbledon did not help his standing  Change since last ranking – 6

Biggest Gain – Milos Raonic + 7

Biggest Drop – Stan Wawrinka – 6

Entered the Poll – Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Dropped out of the Poll – Kei Nishikori and Rafael Nadal (if healthy, Rafa is in the top 10)  

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