Power Rankings. A staple in most sports. A way to see who the best teams or players are without just looking at the standings.
Tennis has been without such rankings for too long, and here at Lob and Smash, we have decided it's time to provide a more detailed look at the top ten players on the ATP Tour. Form, history, and surface are just a few of the factors that will be taken into consideration.
Following the conclusion of an enthralling Australian Open, here are our ATP top ten. (While I am handing out power rankings, I am also listing the current ATP ranking after each players' name.)
Power ranking the ATP top ten
1. Novak Djokovic (ATP 1)
Yes, he may not have defended his Australian Open crown, but I think it's a bit of a leap to suggest that the 24-time Grand Slam Champion is no longer the top dog in tennis. The Serb won three Grand Slam titles last year, along with the year-end championships, and is still the most feared name in any draw.
Whilst a certain Italian has made life difficult for Djokovic in the past few months, we'll need to see a bit more of that before we start saying anything too crazy. Carlos Alcaraz's Wimbledon win was supposed to bring in 'a new era', before Djokovic struck back and kept the doubters at bay, so regardless of what happened in Melbourne, Djokovic is our number one...for now.
2. Jannik Sinner (ATP 4)
Anyone who can beat Djokovic three times in the space of a couple of months deserves to be taken seriously. When you add a maiden Grand Slam title to that, it's tough not to be considered as the best player alive. Jannik Sinner's Australian Open triumph has certainly got people talking, and whilst we are yet to see if he can maintain his incredible form throughout the year, it definitely isn't outrageous to say that he's the second-best player on the ATP tour.
3. Daniil Medvedev (ATP 3)
It was heartbreaking to see Medvedev come so close to winning the Australian Open. But battling his way to the final through a number of five-set thrillers was a testament to the mental strength of the Russian and that will only help him in future tournaments. Runner-up in New York and Melbourne (the last two hard-court slams), has just reinforced Medvedev's credentials as one of the top hard-court players, and he will be a big favourite to pick up some more titles on the surface in 2024.
4. Carlos Alcaraz (ATP 2)
It may seem harsh to have Carlos Alcaraz down at number four, but it's a testament to the quality at the top end of men's tennis that there are three better than him. After a semifinal defeat to Medvedev at the US Open, Alcaraz didn't have the most inspiring end to 2023 and wasn't brilliant in his quarterfinal loss to Alexander Zverev in Australia either.
However, underestimating the young Spaniard is a dangerous game. As he heads to South America for some clay court action in Buenos Aires and Rio, you wouldn't be surprised if he came back with another couple of titles under his belt.
5. Alexander Zverev (ATP 6)
On the court, things are going well for the German. He was just a set away from reaching his second Grand Slam final when he eventually fell to Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne and had a great start to the year winning the United Cup with Germany. After that horrific injury at the French Open in 2022, Zverev looks close to his former self and will be a real danger on tour this year.
6. Andrey Rublev (ATP 5)
A perennial contender, Rublev is about as solid a top-ten guy as you could ask for. The only worry for the Russian is if that is all he is. An astonishing record of 0-10 in Slam quarterfinals is making it very difficult to back Rublev for any Major success in the near future. That doesn't stop him from being dangerous however, he's already picked up a title in Hong Kong this year, and will no doubt be a threat across ATP events in 2024.
7. Hubert Hurkacz (ATP 8)
The big-serving Pole had a brilliant end to 2023 and has started 2024 pretty well too. He came up short against Medvedev in a five-set quarterfinal at the Australian Open but is certainly someone that looks to be on the ascendancy on the ATP tour.
8. Taylor Fritz (ATP 9)
A quarterfinalist at the past two majors, Fritz is definitely one to step up to the big occasion. There should be no shame in losing to Djokovic at the Australian Open, and heading into the stretch of the season the American performs best at, things are looking up for Fritz.
9. Alex De Minaur (ATP 11)
If you have wins over Fritz, Zverev, and Djokovic in a season that is less than a month old, it's fair to say things are going pretty well. All three of those wins coming at the relatively new United Cup may be preventing De Minaur from climbing any higher on this list, but he has certainly proven that he can compete with the best.
10. Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 10)
At risk of falling out of the world's top ten for the first time in five years, things haven't gone brilliantly for the Greek in recent times. A fourth-round exit in Melbourne was a big blow, but he can still compete at a high level on his day, which just about keeps him in both mine and the ATP's top ten.