With apologies to #NoleFam, I am a few days later getting this out there than I would have liked. Also, multi-media content will be added later today.
- Novak Djokovic – Novak Djokovic beat Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas to grab a lot of momentum and ranking points in Madrid. He is also now tied for the most Masters
- Dominic Thiem – Losing two close sets to Djokovic after winning Barcelona makes Thiem look strong heading into Paris. I feel he is kind of in the same spot Juan Carlos Ferrero was in 2000 and 2001 on clay. Taking nothing away from Guga, Thiem’s task at dethroning Rafa and holding Djokovic off looks much harder than Ferrero’s situation heading into Roland Garros 2002 and 2003.
- Stefanos Tsitsipas – He avenged his Aussie Open drubbing by beating Rafael Nadal on clay in Spain. Not a bad week for the young Greek star. Change since last ranking +4
- Roger Federer – He won two quality matches and lost a close match after a hiatus on clay. This was a good week for Federer, but he is not on top of the mountain on the dirt either. Change since last ranking – 1
- Rafael Nadal – If Rafa were not one of the big three or the most dominant player on clay ever, his 2019 results would all be promising. A major runner-up along with quarterfinal or better showings at Acapulco, Indian Wells, Monte Carlo, Barcellona, and Madrid would all be viewed positively. Three losses on clay in the same year is pretty rare for Rafa though. Change since last ranking – 1
- Fabio Fognini – He won Monte Carlo and played Thiem tough in Madrid. No one wants to see him in their quarter due to his shot-making flare.
- Daniil Medvedev – He beat Djokovic at Monte Carlo and reached the Barcelona final. Change since last ranking – 2
- Roberto Bautista Agut – He has been gritty enough to pull off a lot of big wins in 2019. Everyone will look to see if he lands in Nole’s Roland Garros draw. Change since last ranking + 1 – The more Novak wins the bigger RBA’s wins look
- Gael Monfils – He held match points versus Federer in Madrid. Change since last ranking +1
- Dusan Lajovic – Maybe his Masters 1000 runner-up finish was a one-off, but he still deserves some love. Change since last ranking – 2