— Sierralog (@Sierralog) April 27, 2019
Dominic Thiem Making a Push
- Novak Djokovic – I don’t read a lot into Djokovic’s performances at the past 3 Masters 1000 events, but his hold on the top spot in tennis is not as strong as it was coming out of Melbourne. I still think it is a pretty strong hold to be sure.
- Dominic Thiem – He won his first Masters 1000 event at Indian Wells beating Roger Federer in the final. He just won Barcelona beating Rafael Nadal in the semifinal round in a Roland Garros 2018 Championship rematch on the way.
- Roger Federer – What does clay hold for the man who won Dubai and Miami in 2019 along with posting an Indian Wells runner-up finish? No idea. However, he is playing with house money in terms of ranking points on the terre battue.
- Rafael Nadal – Two consecutive clay court events without a title is a rare occurrence in Rafa’s career. However, semifinal final finishes at Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona do not exactly signal that Nadal is staring into an abyss.
- Daniil Medvedev – He beat Djokovic at Monte Carlo and reached the Barcelona final. NextGen rising?
- Fabio Fognini – The mercurial Italian posted the biggest tournament win of his career by taking Monte Carlo and beating Rafa Nadal on clay never hurts.
- Stefanos Tsitsipas – He has put together a nice year outside of his outstanding Melbourne showing.
- Dusan Lajovic – Maybe his Masters 1000 runner-up finish was a one-off, but he deserves some love for now.
- Roberto Bautista Agut – He has been gritty enough to pull off a lot of big wins in 2019.
- Gael Monfils – A solid first 4 months to 2019 place another veteran in the top 10.
— doublefault28 (@doublefault28) April 28, 2019