Tennis Power Ranking 2019: Roland Garros Changes Our #1

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Rafa Rises to Number 1 and a Lot of Other Shifts Prior to Grass Court Tennis

  1. Rafael Nadal – Rafa beat Novak to take Rome and then beat Thiem in the finals and Federer in the semifinals to further cement a singular fact about tennis – Do not Play Rafa on Clay Unless You Have To.  Change since last ranking + 1
  2. Novak Djokovic – Novak grabbed the title in Madrid, made the final in Rome, and lost in 5 sets in the Roland Garros semifinal.  It was an excellent clay season, but it did not end as he wanted it.  Change since last ranking – 1
  3. Dominic Thiem – Thiem snapped Djokovic’s 26-match winning streak in Grandf Slams and then took a set off of Rafa improving on his 2018 runner-up finish at Roland Garros.  He is getting closer.  Change since last ranking + 1
  4. Roger Federer – Roger played his best tennis on clay in Paris.  He seemed to do better with a day off between matches despite the 3 of 5 set format.  Halle will be interesting.  Change since last ranking + 1
  5. Stefanos Tsitsipas – He did nothing wrong in Paris.  His 5 set loss to the 2015 Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka was one of the highlights of the tournament.  Still, Thiem and Fed did enough to pass him.  Change since last ranking – 2
  6. Sascha Zverev – He played well winning Geneva and reaching the quarters in Paris.  He did well, but one gets the sense that he cannot do a ton against the guys in front of him.  Change since last ranking + 3
  7. Stan Wawrinka – Wawrinka’s 3 majors, Davis Cup title, and Olympic gold in doubles may not be the last of his big trophies.  He showed a lot of life in Paris.  Beating Dimitrov and Tsitsipas was impressive.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked
  8. Juan Martin del Potro – He did well enough in Paris to move up a few spots as the grass season begins.  Change since last ranking + 2
  9. Karen Khachanov – Yes, he beat Delpo in Paris so I could see him being #8, but Delpo had a great run in Rome too.  Change since last ranking – Not ranked
  10. Fabio Fognini – The glow of his win in Monte Carlo keeps him in the top 10 for now.  Change since last ranking – 4

Biggest Mover – Fabio Fognini – 4

Entered the Poll – Karen Khachanov and Stan Wawrinka

Left the Poll – Roberto Bautista Agut and Daniil Medvedev

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* Tsitsipas is always introspective in his comments regarding tennis and life.  Greek philosophy lives!

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