Novak Djokovic – Winning the first major of 2020 makes Djokovic the easy choice for the first #1 in Tennis Abides’ power rankings.
Dominic Thiem – The Austrian is getting closer to claim his first major. At 26, he is no youngster, but he is taking the ball earlier on hard courts and this should give him a chance at winning 3 of the 4 majors. Grass is next.
Rafael Nadal – He battled Thiem gamely and beat Kyrgios in a solid Australian showing.
Roger Federer – If he left Australia with a clean bill of health, he’d be #3. A groin injury should not jeopardize his season, but at 38 any injury is a big deal.
Sascha Zverev – He went through 4 rounds without losing a set, rebounded from a bad first set vs. Wawrinka and battled Thiem well in the semifinal. His poor serving at ATP Cup seems to be a thing of the past.
Stan Wawrinka – His big win vs. Daniil Medvedev and 4-set loss to Zverev have Stan on solid footing for 2020.
Tennys Sandgren – I am not sure how he is in my top 10 other than looking at his 4-match wins in Melbourne. I don’t anticipate him staying in this top 10, but he is here.
Nick Kyrgios – His round of 16 run and solid effort vs. Rafael Nadal give Nick the #8 slot. His care for Australia’s ecosystems is nice to see.
Daniil Medvedev – 2020 did not lead him to Grand Slam paydirt, but his ATP Cup performance was solid and losing in 5-sets to Wawrinka is not catastrophic.
Milos Raonic – The big server is healthy again and can do damage on tour. He has a great mentality and a top 5 serve. His body seems to betray him at times.