October 23, 2021

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Miami

A rare sight: Karatsev cracks a smile after winning Dubai. (TennisTV.com)

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With two 500-level tournaments in the same week, some 10 time zones apart, it was a pretty wacky week on the ATP Tour.

And a sleepless one for diehard fans.

In the end, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds made the final in Acapulco.

And a wild card (but not just any wild card) and a qualifier made the final day in Dubai.

It was a week where none of the “Big 3” were in action. And it was a great opportunity for others.

The remarkable Aslan Karatsev seized the moment. Again.

Now, onto a rather decimated Miami Open where there will once again be great opportunities – for someone.

ON THE UPSWING

Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 12 ============> No. 11 (The Canadian will be kicking himself for having lost to Lloyd Harris in the Dubai semis. But it was still enough to move him up a spot).

Aslan Karatsev (RUS): No. 42 ============> No. 27 (The man outside the top 100 who had to qualify for the Australian Open will be seeded at the French Open after winning his first career ATP Tour title in Dubai).

Miami

Another career high for Karatsev after Dubai (TennisTV.com)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN): No. 44 ============> No. 40 (When he went indoors in Rotterdam, Fucsovics was ranked No. 59. He went 11-3 – losing to Andrey Rublev all three times, c’mon – and jumps into the top 40 for the first time since May, 2019).

Jérémy Chardy (FRA): No. 53 ============> No. 49 (Another solid week for the 34-year-old as he gets back into the top 50).

Miami

A great week for Harris out of the qualifying in Dubai. (TennisTV.com)

Lloyd Harris (RSA): No. 81 ============> No. 52 (He’s 10 points away from the top 50 and at a new career high with his effort going from the qualies to the final in Dubai).

Dominik Koepfer (GER): No. 71 ============> No. 54 (the 26-year-old German lefty, a product of the U.S. college system, is at a career best after making the semifinals in Acapulco).

Sebastian Korda (USA): No. 92 ============> No. 87 (The 20-year-old American lost to Félix Auger-Aliassime in Acapulco. But he rises to a career high in the rankings).Miami The 19-year-old Italian impressed in Acapulco. (TennisTV.com)

Lorenzo Musetti (ITA): No. 120 ============> No. 94 (Into the top 100 with a rocket, the 19-year-old with the sweet one-hander had a great week in Acapulco).

Daniel Masur (GER): No. 249 ============> No. 213 (The 26-year-old German goes from the qualifying to the title at tbe Challenger in Biella, Italy).

Sebastian Baez (ARG): No. 253 ============> No. 216 (A career high for the 24-year-old, just 5-7 in the mold of countryman Diego Schwarztman. He won the Challenger in Santiago, Chile after qualifying for the ATP tournament there the previous week. He started the year at No. 312, won his season-opening Challenger in Concepcion, Chile and has risen 100 spots after just four events).

Brooksby at the 2018 US Open (left) and a year later, when he qualified and upset Tomas Berdych in the first round.

Jenson Brooksby (USA): No. 254 ============> No. 231 (The 20-year-old American is at a career high after reaching the final of the Cleveland Challenger. Last month, he won a $25K in South Africa as well. He turned pro after a year as a redshirt freshman at Baylor last year. After qualifying for the US Open in 2019 and beating Tomas Berdych in the first round, he considered turning pro. But just going to Baylor for one semester, he said, guaranteed him four years of a college education if he wants it. Pretty good deal).

Bjorn Fratangelo (USA): No. 286 ============> No. 233 (The 27-year-old American, the “other half” of WTA player Madison Keys, is trying to crawl his way back after losing a lot of time to a terrible case of plantar fasciitis).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 11 ============> No. 12

Benoit Paire (FRA): No. 31 ============> No. 33 (The Frenchman really is struggling with the existentialism of it all. But so far, the ranking is hanging in there. So far).

Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 65 ============> No. 67 (Pospisil let a golden opportunity slip away against Fuscovics in Dubai – and then retired in the doubles with some sort of hip or perhaps back issue. Let’s hope he’s okay for Miami).ssssss

Canadian rankings

Youngsters Alexis Galarneau and Liam Draxl make nice moves after results at the Cleveland Challenger.

The Road to Turin

Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov ascend to the top eight.

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