Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Murray & Cilic Smiling after Rio & Cincinnati

The 9th Tennis Power Ranking 0f 2016

  1. Novak Djokovic – Novak missed Cincinnati with an injury and lost to Juan Martin del Potro in Rio.  That doesn’t mean he is not still at the top of my power ranking.  Nole won Toronto with a dodgy right arm.  If his arm is healthier in New York, expect a deep run from the world #1.

  2. Andy Murray – Murray won his second gold medal in singles and posted a runner-up finish in Cincinnati.  Murray losing ahead of the US Open means no distractions regarding a winning streak will be hovering over him.  Andy gets some needed rest this week after playing 11 matches over two weeks in two different continents.

  3. Milos Raonic – The big Canadian skipped the olympics and finished in the semifinal round at Cincinnati.  That is not a terrible exchange, but his play versus Andy Murray was quite flat in their Wimbledon rematch.

  4. Marin Cilic – After solid play on grass and at the Rio Olympics, Marin notched his biggest win since taking the 2014 US Open title.  Murray likely hopes Cilic is on Novak’s side of the US Open draw given how close their match at Queen’s Club was in addition to Cilic beating Murray at Cincinnati.  Change since last ranking – not ranked

  5. Gael Monfils – Monfils won Washington, DC, reached the semifinal round of Toronto, and played well in Rio.

  6. Kei Nishikori – Kei won a bronze medal in Rio and earned a little of Rafa’s ire.

  7. Ivo Karlovic – I am shocked to have him this high, but he won titles in Newport and Mexico, and was runner-up in Washington, DC where he held championship points.  Change since last ranking + 2

  8. Rafael Nadal – Rafa has not played a lot of singles since Roland Garros, but he seems to be alive and well.  Change since last ranking – not ranked

  9. Dominic Thiem – Thiem is much better on clay than other surfaces at this stage of his career, but his quarterfinal run in Cincinnati was a much needed bit of confidence.  Change since last ranking – 2

  10. Grigor Dimitrov – What a difference one week makes.  Grigor is not a threat for the US Open title by any means, but he now looks like a guy who could reach the round of 16 or quarterfinal round.  Change since last ranking – not ranked

Biggest Gain – Ivo Karlovic + 2

Biggest Drop – Dominic Thiem – 2

Entered the Poll – Marin Cilic, Rafael Nadal, and Grigor Dimitrov 

Dropped out of the Poll – Tomas Berdych – surgery knocks him out of the US Open, David Goffin, and Stan Wawrinka

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2 Comments

  1. No Delpo? I’m also surprised by the success of Ivo. He’s one of the oldest players in the world to even have a ranking point, let alone be winning tournaments on the tour.

    1. Delpo not playing Cincy made it tricky for me. I think he is obviously playing well, but had he lost 2 tiebreaks to the world #1 we’d be ignorant of how well he is playing. Razor thin margins and not playing Cincy or Toronto made it hard for me to figure where to put him.

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