Power Rankings: Murray jumps to No. 2 over Federer after Melbourne run
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His hard court dominance doesn’t stop in Melbourne, where he won his fifth Australian Open title. Given his form, he could easily run the table at the upcoming hard court events in Dubai, Indian Wells, and Miami.
No one wants his or her last memory of a tournament to be a 6-0 bagel set, but it was a fantastic two weeks in Melbourne for Murray, who made his first Slam final since winning Wimbledon in 2013. Up until the very end, he showed his best form in over a year. Lots to build on for the season.
Was it just a bad day when he lost in four sets to Andreas Seppi in the third round? Possibly. Federer came into Melbourne playing great tennis after winning Brisbane, though he did complain of fatigue after a short and grueling off-season. His performance over the next two months will be telling.
No, he didn’t defend his Australian Open title, but he played some sublime tennis to make the semifinals and then took Djokovic to five sets. Worrisome: He's already complaining of mental fatigue and “dead batteries.”
I’m not convinced Berdych’s run to the Australian Open semifinals was a sign of “Berdych 2.0.” Nadal wasn’t his usual self in their quarterfinal showdown and once again, Berdych got mentally bullied when facing a Big Four guy, this time collapsing to Murray. But he has started his season with an ATP final and Slam semifinal. Strong start.
There were good matches, there were bad matches and there were weird matches. But overall, Nadal’s quarterfinal run in Melbourne was positive. He just needs time on the court and he's now headed to South America for the spring clay season. A title there will set him up nicely for the rest of the hard court/clay season.
He was picked apart once again by Djokovic after making his first Australian Open quarterfinal. But I still can’t forget his revelatory performance in the Brisbane final against Federer.
His straight set loss to Wawrinka in the quarterfinals was disappointing. If that missed forehand drop shot in the third set tiebreaker isn’t haunting his dreams it’s because it’s haunting mine.
On the whole, it was a good start to the season for the Spaniard, after a title in Doha and a run to the fourth round in Melbourne, where he lost in straight sets to Nishikori. Plus, he won a match with a bloody sock, so let’s add that to the Ferrer mythology.
He played superbly against Murray and still lost in four sets, brutally collapsing in the last five games. Again, we’re still waiting to see more from Dimitrov.
Lopez had a shot at making the quarterfinals in Melbourne, taking Raonic to five sets before losing 6-3 in the final frame. He continues to play some of his best tennis at the age of 33.
A good run to the fourth round in Melbourne followed a semifinal in Auckland. Could this be the year Anderson breaks into the Top 10? He has the serve to do it and came close to taking the first set from Nadal in Melbourne.
The Serb is playing Top 20 tennis these days. A week after winning the title in Sydney, he made the third round in Melbourne, where he lost to Berdych.
Tough draw for Monfils in Melbourne, where he lost to Jerzy Janowicz in five hard-fought sets. he’s always a wildcard and never a sure bet, but we’re not ready to write him off just yet.
Two things are impossible to ignore with Kyrgios: He has made the quarterfinals of two of the last three majors, and he is the only teenager to make multiple major quarterfinals since Federer. He has also won just one ATP Tour level match in his career. In other words, we’ve seen what he’s capable of on any given day. But he’s an unproven commodity on the daily grind of the tour and his body isn’t exactly holding up well. We’ll see what happens in Indian Wells and Miami.
The Latvian has never played well in Australia. This time he succumbed to the raucous atmosphere surrounding his first-round encounter with Thanasi Kokkinakis. If Gulbis wins that match (he lost 8-6 in the fifth) I really like his chances to reach the second week.
HIs straight-set loss to Gilles Muller in the third round in Melbourne was a racket-busting nightmare. But the North American hard court season should be exactly what he needs to start his season.
His second-round loss in Melbourne was disappointing—he got bageled in the final set by Marcos Baghdatis.
After upending Djokovic in Doha, Karlovic had a disappointing showing in Melbourne, losing in the second round to Kyrgios. As the No. 1 seed in Zagreb, he lost to Baghdatis this week after winning the first set 6-3.
We’re holding him here despite his skipping the Australian Open and pulling out of the Zagreb Indoors due to injury.