Tennis Power Ranking 2019: The Road Thiem Triumphs in Barcelona

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Dominic Thiem Making a Push

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Daniil Medvedev – He beat Djokovic at Monte Carlo and reached the Barcelona final.  NextGen rising?
  6. 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.
  7. Stefanos Tsitsipas – He has put together a nice year outside of his outstanding Melbourne showing.
  8. Dusan Lajovic – Maybe his Masters 1000 runner-up finish was a one-off, but he deserves some love for now.
  9. Roberto Bautista Agut – He has been gritty enough to pull off a lot of big wins in 2019.
  10. Gael Monfils – A solid first 4 months to 2019 place another veteran in the top 10.

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