February 20, 2024

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MORE TENNIS THAN YOU'LL EVER NEED

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A repeat champion in Alexander Zverev, and a relatively new champion in France’s Ugo Humbert held up trophies as the ATP week drew to a close on Sunday.

With a pair of 250s on the docket – and a 500, a Masters 1000 and the ATP Tour Finals – looming ahead, the number of top-top players was relatively low.

There are no changes in the top 15 this week.

But two top-10 players, Zverev and Diego Schwartzman, made the Cologne final, with Zverev breezing to a 6-2, 6-1 win in an hour and 11 minutes.

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It looks like Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime took a lot out of the Argentine in their hard-fough semifinal the previous night.

ON THE UPSWING

Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 19 =============> No. 17 (Despite having to withdraw before the quarterfinals in Antwerp with an abdominal injury, the Canadian moves up two spots. He’s also out of Vienna this week).

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Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 22 =============> No. 21 (A final and a semi in two weeks only resulted in the 20-year-old Canadian one spot in the rankings. But that’s the reality of pandemic ranking rules. Still, he got himself within striking distance of the No. 17-20 range).

Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 29 =============> No. 25 (The Aussie was happy with the work he did in Antwerp this week, saying he was back on the right track, despite the loss to Ugo Humbert in the final).

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Ugo Humbert (FRA): No. 38 =============> No. 32 (The 22-year-old French lefty has slowly but surely risen in the ranks. And with his second title of the year in Antwerp, he rises to a career high).

Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 46 =============> No. 43 (Another little jump, and another career high for the highly-touted 19-year-old Italian).

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN): No. 56 =============> No. 51 (Despite his perfect record against Félix Auger-Aliassime ending after a loss on Cologne, the Japanese lefty makes a nice move).

Lloyd Harris (RSA): No. 90 =============> No. 80 (The 23-year-old South African jumps up 10 after going from the qualies to the quarters in Antwerp. He lost to eventual champion Humbert).

Marcos Giron (USA): No. 94 =============> No. 86 (A new career high for the determined 27-year-old American, who also went from the qualies to the quarters in Antwerp. It’s been a slow, gradual rise from No. 373 exactly two years ago).

Ilya Ivashka (BLR): No. 129 =============> No. 114 (After creating quite a kerfuffle in St. Petersburg the previous week, the Belarussian went to Istanbul and won the Challenger there).

Ivashka in St. Petersburg, where he got … a little perturbed. (TennisTV)

Martin Klizan (SVK): No. 168 =============> No. 148 (The former No. 24 is working his way back up; he made the Istanbul Challenger final).

Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI): No. 187 =============> No. 154 (the 6-foot-5 Swiss, now 24, reaches a career high as he continues his run of form since beginning his 2020 season in late August. He went from the qualifying to the semis at the ATP in Kitzbuhel. And he has won 10 straight matches in winning back-to-back Challengers in Sibiu and Ismaning. Before Kitzbuhel, he was at No. 303).

Zizou Bergs (BEL): No. 528 =============> No. 455 (The 21-year-old Belgian made a splash at his home-country event last week by beating Albert Ramos-Viñolas in the first round and taking Karen Khachanov to 6-4, in the third set. But he’s got a long way to go. His career high of No. 386 came nearly two years ago).

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The ranking rules make for some pretty wacky numbers on the rankings list.

For example, Peter Polansky has … 38 tournaments on his “52-week” rolling ranking. That’s Davydenko territory (even if it’s not actually real).

Steven Diez is right behind him at 35.

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