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ATP Rankings Report – as of Feb. 7, 2022

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The Australian Open and the big ranking points on order there are over.

But with tournaments in Pune, Cordoba and Montpellier last week, there were plenty of opportunities for players to make moves in the rankings.

There are no changes in the top 10, mostly because none of them played last week other than Alexander Zverev.

The German made the final in Montpellier which didn’t help his ranking, but did raise his standing in the year-end race.

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

ON THE UPSWING

Aslan Karatsev (RUS): No. 15 =======> No. 14 (Karatsev went to India as the top seed, got a bye, lost his first match, but still moved up a spot to a career high).

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 19 =======> No. 17 (The Spaniard lost in the Montpellier quarterfinals, but still moves up two spots).

Alexander Bublik (KAZ): No. 35 =======> No. 31 (You’d think winning his first career title would be worth a bigger jump. But Bublik … Still, the 24-year-old is at a career high).

Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP): No. 44 =======> No. 32 (The 34-year-old Spaniard won Cordoba, and makes a nice jump. He came back from two breaks down in the third set against finals neophyte Alejandro Tabilo to do it, too).

David Goffin (BEL) : No. 52 =======> No. 47 (Back in the top-50, barely).

Mackenzie McDonald (USA): No. 56 =======> No. 49 (McDonald lost in the second round in Montpellier. But it was still enough to rise seven spots, and into the top 50 for the time at age 26).

Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN): No. 86 =======> No. 71 (X

Mikael Ymer (SWE): No. 83 =======> No. 75 (Still a bit away from his career high of No. 67, the younger of the two Ymer brothers moves up after making the Montpellier semifinals).

Kamil Majchrzak (POL): No. 95 =======> No. 79 (A career high for the 26-year-old from Poland, who reached the Pune semis. His year started off well at the ATP Cup – until he got COVID and was forced to withdraw before the semis. At the time, he wasn’t into the Australian Open main draw. But he got in, in the end. And things have been going swimmingly).

Joao Sousa (POR): No. 137 =======> No. 86 (After two years of major struggle, a long way from his career high of No. 28 in 2016, Sousa wins the ATP title in Pune, his first since winning at home on clay in Estoril in 2018. He makes a big leap, and shouldn’t have to grind in the qualifying at this summer’s majors).

Holger Rune (DEN): No. 97 =======> No. 88 (Another career high for the 18-year-old from Denmark, despite losing in the first round of the Cordoba tournament).

Radu Albot (MDA): No. 123 =======> No. 98 (Back into the top 100)

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN): No. 123 =======> No. 108 (Nishioka made the final of the Cleveland Challenger).

Alejandro Tabilo (CHI): No. 144 =======> No. 112 (The 24-year-old Canadian-born Chilean reached his first career ATP Tour final in Cordoba this week, and jumps to a career high).

Tabilo and his coach after he defeated Elias Ymer to qualify for the 2022 Australian Open.

Elias Ymer (SWE): No. 163 =======> No. 140 (As he brother did in Montpellier, the elder Ymer reached an ATP Tour semifinal last week. In his case, it was in Pune after getting through the qualifying).

Dominic Stricker (SUI): No. 204 =======> No. 164 (The 19-year-old Swiss reaches a career high – and a first trip into the top 200 – with a win at the Cleveland Challenger).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Gael Monfils (FRA): No. 16 =======> No. 18 (Monfils tried to get to Montpellier after his supreme effort in Melbourne. But while the spirit was willing, the flesh was weak and he couldn’t defend his points from … 2020. Yup, we’re still doing that).

Cristian Garin (CHI): No. 18 =======> No. 20 (We’re not even sure how Garin is still in the top 20, because anecdotally it doesn’t seem like he’s won that many matches recently. His second-round loss in Cordoba drops him two spots because he was defending his 2020 title there. But he’s still in the top 20. Garin, however, has 500 more to defend from his 2020 title in Rio de Janeiro, and 250 more from last year’s title in Santiago coming up next month).

Daniel Evans (GBR): No. 22 =======> No. 27 (Idle last week, Evans won his first career title a year ago in Melbourne, part of the delayed Aussie summer. Those points drop).

Fabio Fognini (ITA): No. 31 =======> No. 40 (Fognini is back in South American on the clay this week. But he drops 180 points from the 2021 ATP Cup).

James Duckwortth (AUS): No. 46 =======> No. 55  (Duckworth didn’t go to Pune to defend his 2020 semifinal there, and so drops 10 spots).

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER): No. 51 =======> No. 58 (Idle last week, Struff drops points from last year’s ATP Cup).

Brandon Nakashima (USA): No. 71 =======> No. 82 (Idle last week, Nakashime drops the points from winning the Quimper Challenger a year ago. Part and parcel of that transition from the Challenger level to the pros).

Ricardas Berankis (LTU): No. 82 =======> No. 99

Corentin Moutet (FRA): No. 89 =======> No. 106 (The French lefty drops out of the top 100 after losing in the first round of Montpellier. He lost in the qualifying of Rotterdam on the weekend, too, so not much chance to make it up. He gets a double-whammy by losing his points from his 2020 quarterfinal in Cordoba, along with points from his 2021 semifinal in Melbourne).

Jiri Vesely (CZE): No. 80 =======> No. 123

Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 119 =======> No. 125 (Milos, where are you?)

Jeremy Chardy (FRA): No. 125 =======> No. 141 (Last we heard, Chardy had some reaction to the coronavirus vaccine. But he hasn’t been seen since, except on his Instagram. He drops 90 points from his semifinal at the Melbourne ATP event a year ago).

Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 121 =======> No. 150 (Pospisil is attempting to qualify at the Dallas Open this week, as the No. 1 seed. But he drops a bunch of points from his final in Montpellier a year ago. This year, he wasn’t ranked high enough to play it).

Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 159 =======> No. 173 (At least it looks like he’s finally on the court hitting balls again).

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