February 19, 2024

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ATP Rankings Report – As of April 18, 2022

No full post on the WTA side this week, with it being a Billie Jean King Cup playoff and qualifying week last week, there were no WTA events.

Some moves were made in the lower ranks; click here for the updated WTA Tour rankings.

But on the men’s side, there were ranking points to be gained (and lost) in Monte Carlo, the first of three Masters 1000 tournaments in the next month.

With all that, there is no change in the top 15 other than Diego Schwartzman moves up one, bumping the idle Denis Shapovalov down from No. 15 to No. 16.

Shapovalov also is skipping Barcelona.

ON THE UPSWING

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 29 ==========> No. 23 (Dimitrov’s efforts in Monte Carlo mean he’s working on getting himself into a much better seeded spot, with the big one coming up in a month).

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP): No. 46 ==========> No. 27 (A career high for Davidovich Fokina, whose previous best was No. 32. There are plenty of seeded players in Paris who will be happy to see him among them).

Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP): No. 37 ==========> No. 32 (Ramos-Viñolas, 34, just keeps hanging around. He made the third round in Monte Carlo and, after dropping all outside the top 100 less than three years ago, has rebounced and is working on a seed in Paris).

Sebastian Korda (USA): No. 42 ==========> No. 37 (Korda moves up five and beats his previous career best by one spot, after making the third round in Monte Carlo. He’s sort of been hovering around here for awhile now. So it’s about time the 21-year-old made another big move to get to the next level. He could face Félix Auger-Aliassime in the second round in Barcelona).

Francisco Cerundolo (ARG): No. 52 ==========> No. 48 (Cerundolo didn’t play last week. But the way the numbers shook out, the Miami Open semifinalist makes his top-50 debut Monday).

Sebastian Baez (ARG): No. 66 ==========> No. 59 (Another career high for the Argentine, whose money season is coming up. He and countrymen Cerundolo and Federico Coria all are at new highs this week).

Lorenzo Musetti (ITA): No. 83 ==========> No. 66 (The 20-year-old Italian made the third round in Monte Carlo. He gets Baez in the first round in Barcelona).

Holger Rune (DEN): No. 79 ==========> No. 72 (Another career best for Rune, who is still just 18. He drew a tough one in Cristian Garin in the first round in Belgrade).

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

Alejandro Tabilo (CHI): No. 97 ==========> No. 91 (Our favorite Chilean-Canadian reached another career high after making the semis of the Sarasota Challenger. He’ll be into the RG main draw for the first time – last year, he was schooled by some random dude named … Alcaraz in the final round of qualifying).

Steve Johnson (USA): No. 107 ==========> No. 97 (A week too late for the RG main draw, but Johnson’s effort to make the final at the Sarasota Challenger gets him back into the top 100).

Daniel Elahi Galan (COL): No. 128 ==========> No. 113 (Elahi Galan wins the Sarasota Challenger and moves up 15 spots).

Antoine Bellier (SUI): No. 488 ==========> No. 310 (The 25-year-old from Switzerland went from the qualifying to the title at the San Luis Potosi Challenger, resulting in a jump of 178 spots and a new career high).

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ON THE DOWNSWING

Daniel Evans (GBR): No. 27 ==========> No. 36 (Evans still has time to get seeded in Paris. But losing in the second round in Monte Carlo, after making the semis a year ago, didn’t help).

Jenson Brooksby (USA): No. 35  ==========> No. 39 (Unlike some of the Americans, Brooksby isn’t getting his clay-court season started all that early. No Monte Carlo, No Serbia. No Barcelona for the American. He drops points from winning a Challenger in Orlando, and a few more from the 2019 edition of the Sarasota Challenger).

Filip Krajinovic (SRB): No. 39 ==========> No. 45 (The Serb got a tough first-round draw in Monte Carlo, facing fellow Serb Lajovic).

Fabio Fognini (ITA): No. 30 ==========> No. 62 (A second-round loss was absolute poison for Fognini’s ranking, and means he’ll be unseeded in Paris and have to qualify at the summer hard-court 1000s. He still had 500 points hanging on the docket – 50% of what he earned for winning Monte Carlo in 2019. That probably feels eons ago for him right now).

Fabio Fognini (ITA) during ATP National Bank Toronto Open tennis at the Aviva Centre in Toronto, Ontario on August 9, 2021. Photo by Peter Power/Tennis Canada

Dusan Lajovic (SRB): No. 49 ==========> No. 78 (A tough tumble for Lajovic, who lost in the second round in Monte Carlo as – like Fognini – the last half of his points from making the 2019 final come off).

Guido Pella (ARG): No. 104 ==========> No. 117 (He’ll probably squeeze into Paris. But Pella hasn’t played since … last October in Moscow. Although apparently he’s on his way back. Pella drops his remaining 2019 Barcelona points. He also has old points from Madrid and Barcelona dropping off in the next few weeks).

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Lucas Pouille (FRA): No. 138 ==========> No. 157 (It’s been a hot minute since Pouille’s visit to the top 10. These days, he’s struggling at this level and after losing in the quarterfinals of a Challenger in Madrid, drops his third-round points from last year in Monte Carlo. He also has 2019 points from Bordeaux and Madrid coming off soon. He’s in Prague this week, still on the Challenger circuit, trying to make a dent).

Borna Coric (CRO): No. 198 ==========> No. 241 (Coric is playing on a protected ranking, and his tennis has been surprisingly good after surgery and a long layoff, even if he still hasn’t quite been rewarded. He’s not playing anywhere this week).

THE CANADIANS

Road to Turin

Road to Milan

Watch out – four Italians in the top 10 in the Next-Gen race.

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