Tennis Power Ranking 2017 #4: Nadal as the Count of Monte-Carlo

Nadal Needed No Escapes in Monte-Carlo

  1. Roger Federer – Roger stays at #1 for now, but his minimalist approach to clay in 2017 will likely not leave him at #1 beyond Madrid or Rome depending on who wins those events.  
  2. Rafael Nadal – Rafa holding 10 Monte-Carlo titles is insane.  It will take a clay court cyborg to even approach the records Nadal has set on this surface.  Rafa won in dominating fashion and claimed his 1st title of 2017 after 3 runner-up finishes earlier in the year.
  3. David Goffin – He played quite well to reach the semifinal.  After a bad call, he won a total of 1 of the next 11games versus Nadal.  Bad calls happen.  Goffin will need to shore up his mental game, but his performance in Monte-Carlo skyrocketed him to #3 in my Power Rankings due to some stagnation.  Change since last ranking – not ranked
  4. Nick Kyrgios – Kyrgios has played well enough in 2017 to stay at #4.  Clay is not his best surface as far as I can tell, but his recent Davis Cup work keeps him in my top 5.
  5. Novak Djokovic – Djokovic’s pair of close wins and close loss in Monte-Carlo may not have been ideal, but a quarterfinal showing likely set the stage for more solid results in his 2017 clay court swing.  Change since last ranking + 3
  6. Stan Wawrinka – Wawrinka did not do much at Monte-Carlo.  This is somewhat typical of the powerful Swiss.  He will generally produce a series of average finishes and then add a few deep tournament runs or titles.  I do not see a cause for panic.  If Paris has heavy conditions, Stan could win major #4 without needing a great lead-in to the next major.  Change since last ranking – 3
  7. Grigor Dimitrov – Grigor started 2017 with a title, a  semifinal at the Australian Open, and a title.  His results have slowed down.  Change since last ranking – 2
  8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has two titles in 2017, but his results have slowed as well.   Change since last ranking – 1
  9. Andy Murray – Andy Murray’s time at number one has been rather forgettable.  His title in Dubai and runner-up finish in Qatar give him 2 finals in 2017, but he ended 2016 looking like a machine.  Change since last ranking – 2
  10. Albert Ramos-Vinolas – His play in Monte-Carlo should be a boon for the remainder of 2017.  He banked 600 ranking points, beat the world #1 in Andy Murray, beat a former US Open Champion in Marin Cilic, and beat the wildly talented Lucas Pouille.  Change since last ranking – not ranked

Biggest Movers: Novak Djokovic +3 and Stan Wawrinka – 3

Entered the Poll: David Goffin and Albert Ramos-Vinolas 

Dropped Out of the Poll: Fabio Fognini and Jack Sock


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