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ATP Rankings Report – Nov. 2, 2020

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Rublev qualifies for London (ATP photo)

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Andrey Rublev didn’t move up in the rankings from No. 8 with his win in Vienna – there are 1,200 points between the Russian, and Alexander Zverev at No. 7, so a big gap to get to the next level.

But he did assure himself of qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals for the first time in his career.

So that’s a solid week of work accomplished, as he establishes himself firmly in the top 10.

ON THE UPSWING

Daniil Medvedev (RUS): No. 6 ==========> No. 5 (Mededev lost to Kevin Anderson in Vienna, but still slipped past Stefanos Tsitsipas and back into the top five).

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 20 ==========> No. 18 (A good week in Vienna for the Bulgarian).

Lorenzo Sonego (ITA): No. 42==========> No. 32 (A great run to the Vienna final lifts the 25-year-old to a career high).

Sonego jumps to a career high after making the Vienna final. (ATP Photo)

Adrian Mannarino (FRA): No. 39 ==========> No. 36 (Mannarino quietly added to his ranking, but missed out on his second career ATP title when he was beaten by John Millman in the Nur-Sultan final).

John Millman (AUS): No. 45 ==========> No. 38 (The 31-year-old wins the first ATP Tour title of his career, after a long, long stretch away from home).

Tommy Paul (USA): No. 59 ==========> No. 55 (The 23-year-old American is making progress as he grinds it out on a long European stretch. His quarterfinal effort – he lost in a third-set tiebreak to John Millman in absolutely crazy quarterfinal match in Nur-Sultan – gets him to a career high. Paul has played Rome, Hamburg, Roland Garros, Sardinia, Antwerp, Nur-Sultan and Paris this week).

Tommy Paul is grinding it out in Europe. And it’s paying off. (Stephanie Myles/OpenCourt.ca)

Frances Tiafoe (USA): No. 64 ==========> No. 60

Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 81 ==========> No. 73 (Pospisil qualified, beat countryman Félix Auger-Aliassime and lost in three sets to Medvedev in Vienna. He lost in qualifying in Paris – and then was the odd one out in the lucky loser draw. But he still might squeeze in).

Egor Gerasimov (BLR): No. 83 ==========> No. 77

Pedro Martinez (ESP): No. 93 ==========> No. 82 (The 23-year-old Spaniard let it fly in his criticism of the organization at the Marbella Challenger. But he won it, over Jaume Munar in the final, and is at a career high. Martinez is 18-3 after qualifying in Rome and Roland Garros, then reaching the Alicante Challenger final before winning in Marbella).

A career high for 23-year-old Spaniard Pedro Martinez after prevailing in Marbella. (Stephanie Myles/OpenCourt.ca)

Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN): No. 98 ==========> No. 84 (The 21-year-old hybrid of Borg and Berdych reaches a career high after making the Nur-Sultan semis).

Kevin Anderson (RSA): No. 111 ==========> No. 86 (He’s been coming back after knee surgery with a protected ranking. But Anderson is finally back in the top 100 after making the Vienna semis. He’s a special exempt into Paris, but his retirement in that Vienna semi against Rublev leaves him a question mark).

Mackenzie McDonald (USA): No. 209==========> No. 191 (Hamstring surgery set him back in a major way. But last week’s quarterfinal in Nur-Sultan, and wins over Alexander Bublik and Andreas Seppi, are encouraging as he comes back).

At 31, Aussie Millman finally wins the first ATP Tour title of his career.

ON THE DOWNSWING

Kei Nishikori (JPN): No. 37 ==========> No. 40 (The pandemic ranking rules mean the Japanese star’s ranking has remained fairly stable, despite his lack of play).

The Race to London

With Rublev now having qualified after winning in Vienna, one more spot remains at the year-end finals.

That’s barring injuries, of course.

It appears Diego Schwartzman is in the catbird’s seat. But a lot can happen this week in Paris.

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