October 22, 2021

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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 gave Djokovic a good run on his way to a new career high (TennisTV)

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).

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Bourgue had a good week last week – but every week’s a new week, and he’s out in the first round of RG qualifying. (Stephanie Myles/OpenCourt.ca)

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).

The Canucks

Four top 100s. Three in the top 21. Looking good at the top for Canadian men’s tennis.

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