2017 Final ATP Rankings: It’s A Brand New Top 5! Murray, Djokovic Out Of Top 10
by Tom Gainey | November 20th, 2017, 10:16 am

Who would have believed none of the Top 5 from 2016 would finish in the Top 5 in 2017. But that’s how things unfolded this past season.

Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka all didn’t hit another ball after Wimbledon. And Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic were also bitten by the injury bug.

That left the door open for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to return. And Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, David Goffin, Jack Sock and Pablo Carreno Busta were all new faces to finish in the Top 10.

Overall, just four of the Top 10 from last year made it back this year. So could we expect something similar next year provided guys like Murray, Djokovic and Wawrinka are healthy?

2017 ATP Rankings
1 Rafael Nadal
2 Roger Federer
3 Grigor Dimitrov
4 Alexander Zverev
5 Dominic Thiem
6 Marin Cilic
7 David Goffin
8 Jack Sock
9 Stan Wawrinka
10 Pablo Carreno Busta
12 Novak Djokovic
16 Andy Murray
22 Kei Nishikori
24 Milos Raonic

2016 ATP Rankings
1 Andy Murray
2 Novak Djokovic
3 Milos Raonic
4 Stan Wawrinka
5 Kei Nishikori
6 Marin Cilic
7 Gael Monfils
8 Dominic Thiem
9 Rafael Nadal
10 Tomas Berdych

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15 Comments for 2017 Final ATP Rankings: It’s A Brand New Top 5! Murray, Djokovic Out Of Top 10

lylenubbins Says:

Here comes the Joker . . .

RZ Says:

Hopefully Andy can stick to that #16 (or higher) and get a low seeding for the AO.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

So, at Australia, someone could get an unseeded Shapovalov or Rublev 1st or 2nd round, Raonic 3rd Rd, Novak Rd16, then finish with Wawrinka, Fed, Rafa for the trophy.

Come on draw makers, GIVE US THIS!

Willow Says:

Gosh how things can change from one year to the next, might take a while but i fully expect the big four and Stan to be back at the top this time next year,nice to see some new players making a breakthrough now too ….

skeezer Says:

A new big 4! Lol…

SG1 Says:

Wondering if Dimitrov can get that elusive major. He has all the physical skills though he doesn’t move as well as any of the Big 4 and doesn’t hit as big a ball as a guy like Stan does. Doesn’t feel like he has the mental toughness to battle it out over seven 3 out of 5 set matches. Hope he proves me wrong. His game is really nice to watch when it’s working.

We’ll see if he can build on this season.

chrisford1 Says:

Grigor can benefit from motion training and possibly be as fast as Federer, who is a very good athlete with very good speed. The other 3, no, you can’t train to the level of speed nature gave to Rafa, Djokovic, Murray got from genes. All 3 still have the ability to chase down impossible winner shots, and return for the actual winner. And early Djokovc and pirate kit Rafa pre-bad knees, were amazing. Andy may not seem as fast on court as those two, but he is what the UK track Olympics coach said was someone with training, that could have had a spot on the UK team. Andy trained at the same facilities as the Olympic athletes in 201-2012 and excelled at medium distance running events.

Plus, speed isn’t everything or Monfils would be Big 4.

senorita Says:

I don’t think the absence of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic ‘left the door open’ for Federer and Nadal to return to the top 5! The only reason they were out of the top 5 was due to them being injured as well. Fedal have been in the top 2 for most of their career, whether Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka, Nishikori or Raonic played a full season or not.

No one went on and on about the absence of Federer’s and Nadal’s absence enabling these players to be in the top 5.

Willow Says:

Senorita well said ….

Purcell Says:

Welcome to the world of weak era posters…….
‘Very good athlete with very good speed.’ Ha ha damning Federer with faint praise as usual CF1.
Why have you subjected us to a paean of praise for speed and suggested Dimi take action to increase his pace when you then say speed is not everything? Of course it isn’t and you do a disservice to the knowledgable posters on here. There is a vast skill set required in order to become a player, complete or otherwise, and tennis is probably the only sport where these skills redefine what it means to be an athlete.
Measuring how fast someone runs over short distances, which I believe was done at some point in the past, is not particularly useful when applied to match situations, and judging speed around the court presents us with a visual challenge as those with a shorter stride look as though they are going faster than those with a lengthier stride. Therefore, who arrives at the ball first is open to question and it’s worth acknowledging that when they do, and they wallop the ball at an impossible angle from somewhere south of Madagascar, racquet technology has a place in there somewhere.

skeezer Says:

I scroll over that junk as much as I can. Poster uses own twisted criteria to base an argument, which even that, has bias written all over it. Fruitless.
I would add reaction time is a key factor in tennis. When do you turn your shoulder when preparing to return a ball? When the ball bounces on your side, when it the opponent strikes it? When it crosses the net? How quickly can you react to switch positions? Etc…

Markus Says:

Purcell, skeezer: the more I read what the Federer detractors say to denograte him, the more obvious it is to me that they, in fact, wish they were on the other end. I have stopped getting offended because they are, in an ironic way, complimentary to Federer.

Purcell Says:

Cheers Marcus, I’m not annoyed, I just couldn’t resist putting some of these sad sacks in their place. (Ooh, I’ve done it now.) I’ve had a rest from posting here for some time but returned really to offer my support and admiration to faithful Fed fans who endure despite all.
Skeezer, para 2 a good point. Thanks. Footwork (not speed) and balance need recognition too.

lylenubbins Says:

Murray’s reaction time is incredible, I remember noticing that when he first came on tour.

montecarlo Says:

I think Jaq Shivam and Mridul7 got 6/10 right in 2017 contest.

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