Stefanos Tsitsipas took the title in Lyon. But it didn’t change his ranking even if he is now within 1,000 points of a rather mortal-looking Dominic Thiem at No. 4.
It’s another big step up, to get to the big four.
Meanwhile, Geneva finalist Denis Shapovalov moves up a spot while the man who beat him, 22-year-old Casper Ruud, moves up to a career high.
ON THE UPSWING
Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 15 =============> No. 14 (The Canadian men’s record in finals is nothing to boast about the last five years. But at least they’re getting there. Shapovalov had a great run in Geneva last week. But it seems it extracted quite a toll (see above).
Casper Ruud (NOR): No. 21 =============> No. 15 (Being a top-16 seed doesn’t change much for Ruud’s route in Paris. Had he moved out of the No. 25-No. 32 seed bracket and into the top 24, he would have avoided a top gun until the round of 16. Being seeded between No. 9 and No. 24 doesn’t change much in that regard, other than the fact that he wouldn’t meet someone ranked No. 9 – 16, but No. 17-24, in the third round. Still, a title – his second –and a first appearance in the top 20 is a great week’s work).
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 20 =============> No. 17 (Turning 30 is always an eye-opener. But at least the Bulgarian makes a move this week).
Cameron Norrie (GBR): No. 49 =============> No. 45 (The Brit has had an outstanding clay-court season, finishing with a final in Lyon as he heads for Paris just four spots of his career high. He beat Khachanov and Thiem en route to the loss against Tsitsipas at the final hurdle. In all, Norrie went 14-4 on the clay this spring leading up to Paris).
Pablo Andujar (ESP): No. 75 =============> No. 68 (You can imagine what he thought when he saw his name next to Roger Federer’s in Geneva. At 35, this was the first time he’d ever played him. He seemed almost sheepish when he won, but he turned it into a nice run to the semis).
Lorenzo Musetti (ITA): No. 88 =============> No. 76 (The Italian teenager started with a win over Auger-Aliassime that was SO encouraging for the future of men’s tennis. He then beat another young gun, Sebastian Korda in another impressive display of young-gun all-court tennis before finally running out of petrol against Tsitsipas in the Lyon semis. It’s another career high for him).
Pablo Cuevas (URU): No. 102 =============> No. 91 (The veteran Uruguyan briefly dipped out of the top 100. But he’s back after a run to the semifinals in Geneva).
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP): No. 114 =============> No. 94 (A first entry into the top 100 for the 18-year-old, who a year ago – in the middle of the first wave if “teenage prodigy hype” – lost to Aleksandra Vukic in the first round of Roland Garros qualifying. He won yet another Challenger tournament, this one in Oeiras, Portugal over Facundo Bagnis in the final. He’s probably a kid who deserves a wild card into the main draw in Paris, but life doesn’t work that way. He’s the No. 7 seed, and will play Lukas Lacko in the first round of qualifying).
Arthur Rinderknech (FRA): No. 125 =============> No. 117 (The 25-year-old Parisian went from the qualifying to the quarterfinals in Lyon last week, and got a special exempt into Belgrade as he hits another career high).
Hugo Gaston (FRA): No. 151 =============> No. 141 (It’s been an interesting few months since Gaston, a “crafty lefty”, made such great noise at Roland Garros last fall. Despite that boost, he still needed a wild card to get in this year. But he makes a nice jump with a semifinal in Oeiras and reaches a career high).
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS): No. 198 =============> No. 180 (The 25-year-old Aussie, on the long road back from so many injuries, picks off a nifty Challenger title in Biella and makes another move back up the charts. It was his fifth Challenger tournament on the clay, although at least he had a two-week break before this one, as he quickly heads to Paris for the qualifying).
Nuno Borges (POR): No. 296 =============> No. 275 (The 24-year-old former NCAA player won his first career ATP Tour main draw match at home in Portugal a month ago. He then headed right back down to the 15K ITF level in Spain the following week. This week, he made the quarterfinals at the Oeiras Challenger and is at another career high).
Gastao Elias (POR): No. 313 =============> No. 292 (The former top junior, now 30 and 4 1/2 years removed from his career high of No. 57, gets back into the top 300 with a quarter-final in Oeiras. He’s 18-6 this season on the Challenger and ITF circuits, all in Portugal and Spain).
Jack Draper (GBR): No. 321 =============> No. 307 (The 19-year-old former Wimbledon junior finalist makes another positive move this week in his early steps on the pro tour, with a finals appearance at a 25K ITF in the Czech Republic)
Dominic Stricker (SUI): No. 419 =============> No. 335 (The 18-year-old Swiss moves up 85 spots to a new career high after a couple of terrific wins in his ATP debut, at home in Geneva).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 16 =============> No. 18 (Will he be in Paris? We’ll have to wait and see).
Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 17 =============> No. 19 (These little drops are mostly the result of Ruud and Dimitrov moving up).
Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 19 =============> No. 21 (Auger-Aliassime was a finalist in Lyon, when it was last held in 2019).
Benoit Paire (FRA): No. 40 =============> No. 44 (Paire won Lyon the last time it was held in 2019. He chose Geneva to get the “best-of” both, but didn’t do much there).
Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG): No. 95 =============> No. 100
Damir Dzumhur (BIH): No. 120 =============> No. 125 (Last fall, Dzumhur left Paris before even playing the qualifying after being deemed a close contact of a positive COVID case. He’s back, and gets Denis Istomin in the first round)
Filip Peliwo (CAN): No. 388 =============> No. 452 (The Canadian 2012 junior Wimbledon champion, who has returned after more than a year during the pandemic, takes a blow to his ranking after the 24 points from a final at an ITF in Jerusalem two years ago fall off).