So what will the 2015 ATP Rankings look like at the end of the year? Let’s get right to it.
10. Grigor Dimitrov
Copying the great Roger Federer isn’t a good strategy – it’s too damn hard, too much based on timing. But the Bulgarian proved he can win with that style and under Rasheed he’s made leaps and bounds in terms of fitness. The rise up, albeit slow, continues.
9. Juan Martin Del Potro
With some doubt if he’ll even play the Australian Open, I have to dock a few spots for Del Potro who I think will be – if healthy – back to 100% hopefully by the French. That should still give him plenty of time to get his ranking back where it should be. Factor at the US Open?
8. Stan Wawrinka
Aside from a strong performance at the ATP Finals, the “Other Swiss” really slid the second half of 2014. I think this season that continues and we’ll see him really feel the pressure at the Australian Open. An early loss in Melbourne would plummet Stan outside the Top 10. It could happen.
7. Tomas Berdych
No Lendl so where’s the motivation going to come from? Murray’s ex-coach? Twitter? The girlfriend? The clothes?
6. Kei Nishikori
Unfortunately, I think the injuries catch up to the fragile Japanese. Otherwise, he’s a real Top 4 threat.
5. Milos Raonic
Like Berdych, does he really have the desire to win? I haven’t’ really seen that win-at-all-costs attitude, but the potential is there.
4. Andy Murray
Bounced back nicely down the stretch in 2014, so that should bode well for the new season.
3. Roger Federer
Can he sneak out a Slam? Yes, maybe Wimbledon. But his biggest opponent might be his body. Nobody beats Father Time.
2. Novak Djokovic
Novak said last year that once the baby comes, the baby becomes the top priority, not tennis. Let’s see if he sticks to his word.
1. Rafael Nadal
I just think all that time off in 2014 will make his fresher for 2015. When he’s fresh, he’s best (see 2013). I also feel it helps with Federer, Murray off their peak, Djokovic adjusting to being a family man and the NextGen a year away. And call me crazy, but too many people already picking Djokovic. Just when you think you know men’s tennis, you don’t.
Among those who could make a push for the Top 10:
David Ferrer – Consistent play should keep him in the mix all season.
JW Tsonga – Like a stick of dynamite, win in Canada reminded us of what an explosive threat he can be.
David Goffin – Had a great second half to 2014, but can he carry the momentum?
Nick Kyrgios – Breakout Aussie sensation could excite, or was it too much too soon?
John Isner – Serve makes him a factor anywhere.
Roberto Bautista Agut – Was 2014 for real?
Marin Cilic – Chance to prove US Open was no fluke.
Ernests Gulbis – Really fell off after French Open SF.
Gael Monfils – Actually had a good 2014 with majority of losses to quality players
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