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Tennis Power Rankings (February 2017): Federer and Nadal Soar

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Welcome to the first edition of our tennis power rankings. We plan to make one of these every month, so be sure to check regularly to see when it goes up.

10. Alexander Zverev

The young German was knocked out by Nadal.

At only nineteen years of age, Zverev has shown great potential. He’s beaten Federer twice and he forced Nadal to five sets down under. I expect him to be a household name within the next couple of years.

9. David Goffin

Goffin has flown under the radar for much of his career.

Goffin had not received much attention compared to fellow youngsters Dimitrov and Thiem, but he deserves praise. He reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, and he will be a competitor in the next few years:

8. Kei Nishikori

Nishikori is lethal when in form.

Nishikori has always been a great player, especially when unaffected by injuries. He lost a tough five-setter to Federer, but he’s shown he can compete with the top players.

7. Milos Raonic

The Canadian has one of the best serves on tour.

Huge-server Raonic was defeated quite easily in straight sets by Nadal. Nevertheless, the Canadian is always a threat with that serve of his.

6. Stanislas Wawrinka

Wawrinka was knocked out by fellow Swiss Roger Federer.

Fellow Swiss Wawrinka lost to compatriot Federer in the semifinals of the AO. His US Open triumph is still fresh on our minds though. Can he complete the Grand Slam and go 4 for 4 with a win at Wimbledon?

5. Grigor Dimitrov

The fifteenth seed made it all the way to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Baby Fed has had a stellar start to the year, losing only one match in 2017 — a five set semifinal to Rafael Nadal. He won Brisbane, and it looks as though he may have finally unblocked his potential.

4. Novak Djokovic

Defending champion Djokovic was knocked out by Istomin.

The Serbian has had a rough couple of months, losing two out of three of the last grand slams prior to the quarterfinals. Although the Serbian may be having some sort of mental problems, you can never rule him out.

3. Rafael Nadal

Nadal reached another Grand Slam final where he lost to rival Federer.

The Spaniard reached the final of the Australian Open only to lose to Roger Federer. Based on this performance and his dominating record on clay, I expect him to make a deep run into the French Open, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes out with the trophy.

2. Roger Federer

Federer won his eighteenth Grand Slam in Australia.

Fresh off his eighteenth grand slam title, the Maestro is in peak form. He produced some awe-inspiring tennis in Australia, especially impressive considering his age. While he may not be able to repeat his form, I expect him to be in the top three of the ATP Rankings come the end of the year.

1. Andy Murray

Murray struck out, losing to Mischa Zverev in the fourth round.

The Scotsman got off to a rough start at the first grand slam of the year, losing to Mischa Zverev in four sets. Despite this loss, Murray seems to have finally found his groove, and I fully expect him to rebound in the coming months.

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Luca D'Amico-Wong
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