Power Ranking 2017: Post-US Open World Order

Rafael Nadal Solidifies his #1 Status in the ATP Rankings and the Tennis Abides Power Ranking Rafael Nadal – Rafa has had the best year of any player in 2017.  He has 2 majors, 2 Masters 1000 titles, 1 500 level title, and a number of strong runner-up finishes.  It is possible that Federer could go…

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Novak Wins Toronto for 30th Shield!

The 8th Tennis Power Ranking 0f 2016 Novak Djokovic – His serve at times looked shaky in Toronto, but his win gives Novak a record 30th Masters 1000 shield and 1000 extra points in his lead over Andy Murray.  His wins over Berdych, Monfils, and Nishikori all make Wimbledon a more distant memory.   Andy Murray…

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Murray Cuts Novak’s Lead

The 7th Tennis Power Ranking of 2016 Novak Djokovic – Nole was the first man since 1992 to win the Australian Open and French Open in the same year.  Novak adds Masters 1000 titles at Indian Wells, Miami, and Madrid to his impressive 2016 results.  Novak’s title at Doha is worth 250 points and his…

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Novak Djokovic’s Hegemony

The 7th Tennis Power Ranking of 2016 Novak Djokovic – The world #1 just claimed his 4th consecutive major title!  His hold on the top spot is unquestioned.  There is a pretty big barrier between Novak and the field.   Andy Murray – Murray won Rome and was runner-up at both Roland Garros and Madrid.  He is…

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Murray’s Italian Offensive

The Sixth Tennis Power Ranking for 2016 Novak Djokovic – Novak would have stayed at #1 had he lost his first match in Rome. In that respect, his wins over Rafa and Nishikori bolster his position.  Rafa’s game effort, Kei being tough, and Murray winning in Rome make his road to Paris look more interesting though….

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Novak Reigns in Spain?

The Fifth Tennis Power Ranking for 2016 He is the man Novak Djokovic – Novak bounced back from his loss at Monte Carlo with a strong showing in Madrid.  He lost only one set en route to his record 29th Masters 1000 Shield. Rafael Nadal – Rafa did lose to Andy Murray so staying second…

Power Ranking 2016: Djokovic Owns Miami

Tennis Power Ranking 2016 #3: Miami Novak Djokovic Still Dominates Tennis Novak Djokovic – Novak Djokovic is occupying a niche rarely occupied in any sport. He is far and away better than every other practitioner of his sport right now. Milos Raonic – Milos’ play in the first portion of 2016 places him in a distant…

Power Ranking 2016: All Hail King Novak VI of Melbourne

Tennis Power Ranking 2016: Australian Open Novak Djokovic – Novak takes the 2016 year by the throat by winning his 6th Australian Open title and by winning Qatar.  He has 2250 ranking points in the bank for 2016.  More importantly, his 8 hard court Grand Slam titles have him sitting ahead of Sampras’ 7 and…

Tennis Power Ranking – Novak Claims 2015

Tennis Abides 2015 Power Ranking #12 This is a tough list to produce becuse Novak devoured so many ranking points in 2015 especially at the end of the year Novak Djokovic – Novak Djokovic won 3 majors, the World Tour Finals, 6 Masters 1000 events, and won Beijing, a 500 level event, in 2015.  Nole…

Tennis Power Ranking 2015: Novak’s New York State of Mind

Tennis Abides 2015 Power Ranking #11 Novak Djokovic – Nole claiming his 10th major title and wrapping up his 4th year at #1 is about as comprehensive of a way to be #1 in my ranking as any.  Novak was runner-up in Montreal and Cincinnati, but it all built toward his 2nd US Open crown….