ROLAND GARROS – Who’s in the top 10?
Canadian Denis Shapovalov, that’s who.
The 21-year-old was assured of that new career milestone in Rome – unless Diego Schwartzman, who defeated him in a dramatic semifinal, won the whole thing.
But Novak Djokovic beat the Argentine in the final. And so the deed is done.
ON THE UPSWING
Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 14 ============> No. 10 (It’s been a good run for the Canadian through the US Open and Rome, where he played some fine clay-court ball).
Diego Schwartzman (ARG): No. 15 ============> No. 13 (The 28-year-old Argentine didn’t even feel he was playing that well early in on Rome. And hey-ho, he got to the final).
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 22 ============> No. 19 (Back in the top 20).
Casper Ruud (NOR): No. 34============> No. 30 (He guarantees himself a seed in Paris after his effort in Rome. Which no doubt will please some of the higher-ranked players who won’t have to face him early. At 21 he hits a career high).
Dominik Koepfer (GER): No. 97 ============> No. 66 (The 26-year-old lefty hits a career high after winning three qualifying rounds, beating de Minaur and Monfils and going three sets with Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of Rome).
Stefano Travaglia (ITA): No. 84 ============> No. 73
Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 81 ============> No. 74
Federico Coria (ARG): No. 104 ============> No. 98 (At 28, starting his second decade as a pro, and after losing four months of his career serving a match-fixing suspension, the younger brother of Guillermo Coria hits the top 100 for the first time with a career high).
Carlos Taberner (ESP): No. 189 ============> No. 148 (At 23, the Spaniard hits a career high after winning a Challenger in Iasi, Romania last week. He came straight to Paris and won his first-round qualifying match against Stefano Napolitano Tuesday).
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA): No. 249 ============> No. 180 (The 18-year-old Australian Open junior champ went from the qualifying through to the third round in Rome – along the way, he upset Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori).
Mathias Bourgue (FRA): No. 258 ============> No. 210 (Bourgue reached the final at the Iasi Challenger. Then he returned home to France – and lost in straight sets to Taro Daniel of Japan in the first round of Roland Garros qualifying Tuesday).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Andrey Rublev (RUS): No. 12 ============> No. 14
Fabio Fognini (ITA): No. 13 ============> No. 15 (The pandemic ranking system has been kind to Fognini while he recovered from double ankle surgery. He’ll be a top-16 seed in Paris and if he’s healthy, he can do some things).
Four top 100s. Three in the top 21. Looking good at the top for Canadian men’s tennis.