April 14, 2024

Open Court

MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

St. Petersburg champion Rublev leaps to a career high No. 8 (TennisTV)

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Note: With only two $15,000 tournaments on the schedule last week, and no changes in the top 300, there will be no WTA rankings report this week.

The end of a three-tournament week on the ATP Tour (remember when we didn’t even blink an eye at that fact?) means some players were able to make nice jumps in the rankings.

Notable among them, at the top of the charts, is 22-year-old Andrey Rublev.

By winning the ATP 500 St. Petersburg Open, Rublev dove inside the top 10 from No. 10 to a career-best No. 8.

Only Stefanos Tsitsipas is younger among those top 10.

Meanwhile, Canadian Milos Raonic is back in the top 20 with his semifinal effort at the same tournament.

Despite his own semis effort in Russia, Dennis Shapovalov does not move from his current No. 12.

Same with Félix Auger-Aliassime, who reached the final in Cologne but stays at No. 22.

ON THE UPSWING

Andrey Rublev (RUS): No. 10 ===========> No. 8

Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 21 ===========> No. 19 (Raonic is the No. 5 seed in Antwerp this week).

Borna Coric (CRO): No. 27 ===========> No. 14 (Still a ways from his career best, but the Croat gets back into the top 25 with his final in Russia).

Opelka went out in straight sets to countryman Jack Sock in Paris. But he had a good run in St. Petersburg. (Stephanie Myles/Opencourt.ca)

Reilly Opelka (USA): No. 36 ===========> No. 33 (Two spots off his career high after beating top seed Daniil Medvedev on the way to a quarterfinal in St. Petersburg).

Laslo Djere (SRB): No. 74 ===========> No. 53 (The 25-year-old Serb makes a big leap by winning his second career ATP Tour title as an unseeded player in Sardinia).

Djere poses with his better half after winning the title in Sardinia. (TennisTV)

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP): No. 71 ===========> No. 64 (The 21-year-old hits a career best after making the semifinals in Cologne. He beat Marin Cilic in the second round and played champion Alexander Zverev to two tight sets in the semis).

Marco Cecchinato (ITA): No. 103 ===========> No. 77 (The wild card into Sardinia made the final, on the heels of qualifying and reaching the third round in Paris, and making the quarters at the Parma Challenger. He stood at No. 108 going into Rome).

Lorenzo Musetti (ITA): No. 143 ===========> No. 123 (The rising 18-year-old hits another career high after a great effort in Sardinia, cut short by an arm injury. He was ranked No. 284 at the restart, but has gone 20-6 on the ATP Tour and the Challenger level.

Carlos Alcaraz (ESP): No. 160 ===========> No. 136 (Right on Musetti’s heels, the 17-year-old Spaniard also gets to a career best after winning five matches – all of them tight – to take the Alicante Challenger. He’s 24-3 on the Challenger circuit since the reboot).

Danilo Petrovic (SRB): No. 166 ===========> No. 137 (The 6-foot-8 28-year-old from Serbia took advantage of a lucky loser spot opened by Fabio Fognini’s positive coronavirus test right to the Sardinia semifinals – and a career high. Petrovic had lost in the first round of six of his previous seven tournaments before coming up aces. He earned a special-exempt into Cologne this week).

Mischa Zverev (GER): No. 268 ===========> No. 258 (A wild card into Cologne resulted in a first-round win that helped his ranking. But he lost in the second round to Hubert Hurkacz. But he could celebrate his brother’s title. Zverev lost in the first round of qualifying of the second Cologne event to James Duckworth).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Sebastian Korda (USA): No. 131 ===========> No. 138 (The 21-year-old drops a bit after his impressive debut at Roland Garros a few weeks ago).

Ivo Karlovic (CRO): No. 135===========> No. 142 (In previous years, Karlovic hasn’t been above playing the Challenger circuit at season’s end to try to squeeze into the Australian Open main draw. That likely won’t be a factor this year).

THE RACE TO LONDON

That Roger Federer remains No. 4 in the race despite not played just one tournament in 2020 (the Australian Open back in January) is a whole ‘nother discussion.

At any rate, he’s out for the year and won’t be playing in London.

That leaves a few spots. Here’s where they currently stand.

Canadian rankings

(For the complete ATP Tour rankings picture, click here).

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