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ATP Rankings Report – As of May 16, 2022

ROLAND GARROS – Novak Djokovic dodged a bit of a rankings bullet last week in Rome, where he needed to get to the semifinals to retain the No. 1 spot in the rankings.

He did that, and he now stands 720 points ahead of Daniil Medvedev atop the list.

And not only that, he won the whole thing going away.

Stefanos Tsitsipas’s effort to get to the final got him past Rafael Nadal and into the No. 4 spot.

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ON THE UPSWING

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE): No. 5 ======> No. 4 (He’ll be disappointed to lose to Novak Djokovic in the Rome final, but he was beaten by a better opponent. Still a great clay-court leadup stretch before Paris).

Casper Ruud (NOR): No. 8 ======> No. 6 (Ruud made it to the Rome semifinals, reversing a rather poor (by his standard) run of form during his beloved clay-court season).

Botic van de Zandschulp (NED): No. 32 ======> No. 29 (After making the third round in Rome, Van de Zandschulp breaks into the top 30 and a new career high).

Jenson Brooksby (USA): No. 38 ======> No. 34 (Could the 21-year-old American, who is at another career high after getting to the third round in Rome, be seeded in Paris in only his second appearance? It seems likely).

Cristian Garin (CHI): No. 45 ======> No. 36 (A few more signs of life from the Chilean in Rome).

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Francisco Cerundolo (ARG): No. 49 ======> No. 44 (Another career high for the 23-year-old Argentine, who qualified in Rome).

Marcos Giron (USA): No. 60 ======> No. 49 (The 28-year-old, at long last, breaks into the top 50 after qualifying and making the round of 16 in rome. It’s been a ride. And be beat Alexander Bublik and Diego Schwartzman last week, too).

Daniel Altmaier (GER): No. 66 ======> No. 54 (Another guy at a career high as the 23-year-old German wins the Heilbronn Challenger. He’s 3-10 at the ATP level, but has posted up some results in the Challengers and has moved up nearly spots since earlier this season).

Alexei Popyrin (AUS): No. 127 ======> No. 103 (Popyrin won the Bordeaux Challenger to get back close to the top 100).

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Jack Sock (USA): No. 119 ======> No. 113 (Sock finally made it outside the U.S. – it’s been a minute. He lost in the second round in Bordeaux, and he could face Liam Broady in the final round of qualifying at Roland Garros).

Filip Misolic (AUT): No. 301 ======> No. 225 (The 20-year-old from Australia leaps 76 spots to a new career high after going from the qualifying to the title at the Zagreb Challenger).

Facundo Diaz Acosta (ARG): No. 316======> No. 235 (Acosta, 21, won the Challenger in Coquimbo, Chile last week to reach a new career high).

Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 361======> No. 257 (Winning matches does wonders for a ranking, as Wawrinka jumps over 100 spots after his effort in Rome).

Emilio Nava  (USA): No. 358 ======> No. 261 (The 20-year-old American won a Challenger in Shymkent, Kazakstan last week and also is at a career high).

Juncheng Shang (CHN): No. 424======> No. 401 (The 17-year-old makes another move to another career high in the rankings, after qualifying and winning a round at the Zagreb Challenger. He lost in a third-set tiebreak to eventual champion Filip Misolic, got into the tournament as a lucky loser. And then he … lost to Misolic again in the second round – this time, 6-2, 6-0).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Rafael Nadal (ESP): No. 4 ======> No. 5 (Nadal drops 910 points after losing to Denis Shapovalov in the third round in Rome. Of more concern is the state of his foot during that match – and going forward to Paris).

Matteo Berrettini (ITA): No. 8 ======> No. 10 (Berrettini is still hanging around in the top 10. But he’s missed the entire clay-court season with a hand injury and you wouldn’t expect him to be back for Roland Garros. And you also wouldn’t expect him to be in very good form as he has to defend 360 in Paris, another 500 from winning Queen’s Club last summer, and another 1,200 for making the Wimbledon final. If all those points fall off – more than half his total, he’s out of the top 20. Which actually, when you think of it, isn’t too, too bad).

Lorenzo Sonego (ITA): No. 28 ======> No. 35 (Sonego had a lot of points to defend in Rome. But he drew Denis Shapovalov in the first round, and went down).

Lorenzo Musetti (ITA): No. 51 ======> No. 57

Federico Delbonis (ARG): No. 39 ======> No. 62 (Delbonis lost to Pablo Carreño Busta in the first round in Rome, after qualifying and making the quarterfinals a year ago. He also made the semifinals of the “second” tournament in Belgrade, and the fourth round at Roland Garros. A lot of points on the line for him the next few weeks).

Marco Cecchinato (ITA): No. 122 ======> No. 134 (And he has to face Dominic Thiem in the first round of Geneva).

Dominic Thiem (AUT): No. 162 ======> No. 194 (Another week, another week that Thiem’s “actual” ranking drops a little more. He put up a fight against Fabio Fognini in the first round in Rome, but fell to the Italian. It’s always darkest before the damn, right?)

Brayden Schnur (CAN): No. 253 ======> No. 264

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA): No. 267 ======> No. 292 (Tsonga has a wild card in Lyon this week, and will drop the curtain on his career next week at Roland Garros).

THE CANADIANS

ROAD TO TURIN

ROAD TO MILAN

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