WASHINGTON, D.C. – With his final in Umag, Carlos Alcaraz moves up to No. 4 in the world.
In large part, that’s because Stefanos Tsitsipas was idle last week, and drops 45 ranking points.
Alcaraz squeezes ahead by 35 points.
Novak Djokovic moes up to No. 6 after Casper Ruud, who was defending a title in Kitzbuhel, withdrew. So he’s down to No. 7.
ON THE UPSWING
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 20 =======> No. 18 (Bautista Agut wins the title in Kitzbuhel, and moves up two).
Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 30 =======> No. 21 (De Minaur wins the Atlanta event – known for the advantage it gives to the big, tall servers – for the secomd time and jumps up nine spots in the rankings).
Jenson Brooksby (USA): No. 43 =======> No. 37 (Brooksby got dusted in the Atlanta final by de Minaur. But it was still a great week for him in his first tournament since Wimbledon. He defeated Mackenzie McDonald, Isner and Frances Tiafoe in a row, before falling in the final).
Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP): No. 52 =======> No. 43 (Ramos-Viñolas made the semis in Kitzbuhel – his second straight semi, after Gstaad the previous week).
Ilya Ivashka: No. 53 =======> No. 49 (Ivashka gets himself back into the top 50 with a semifinal effort in Atlanta).
Adrian Mannarino (FRA): No. 78 =======> No. 67 (Drafted at the last minute to replace Kyrgios in Atlanta, the lucky loser went all the way to the quarterfinals, where he ran out of gas in the third set against eventual champion Alex de Minaur).
Dusan Lajovic (SRB): No. 80 =======> No. 70 (The veteran Serb, who came into Kitzbuel at 8-19 on the season, won two rounds before young Austrian Filip Misolic took him out).
Corentin Moutet (FRA): No. 116 =======> No. 102 (Moutet is almost back to the top 100 after qualifying and winning a round in Umag).
Franco Agamenone (ARG): No. 136 =======> No. 108 (Another Italian – but not the young kind this time, as 29-year-old Agamenone gets within a few points of the top 100 – and to a career best – after going from the qualifying to the semifinals in Umag. Agamenone lost some time due to a drug suspension. But he has bounced back and is playing his best tennis ever).
Emilio Gomez (ECU): No. 146 =======> No. 121 (The 30-year-old defeated Canadian Alexis Galarneau in the Winnipeg Challenger final. And at this stage in his career, he has reached a career high in the singles rankings. Which is a testament to his persistence).
Dominic Stricker (SUI): No. 172 =======> No. 146 (The 19-year-old is at a career high after winning the Challenger at home in Zug, against … Ernests Gulbis in the final).
Giulio Zeppieri (ITA): No. 168 =======> No. 136 (The 20-year-old Italian lefty is at a career high after going from the qualifying (beating solid opponents in Gilles Simon and Elias Ymer in a pair of three-set tomeback wins) and taking Carlos Alcaraz to the limit in the semifinals before his body said no más).
Filip Misolic (AUT): No. 205 =======> No. 137 (Another 20-year-old is at a career high, as he makes his ATP Tour level debut in Kitzbuhel and goes all the way to the final).
Dominic Thiem (AUT): No. 199 =======> No. 173 (All in all, a good swing through the summer clay for Thiem, who went 7-3 and cut his ranking almost in half, from No. 339 to No. 173 Monday).
Alexis Galarneau (CAN): No. 290 =======> No. 238 (Galarneau gets into the top 250 – and more – and a career high after making the Winnipeg Challenger final).
ON THE DOWNSWING
John Isner (USA): No. 25 =======> No. 33 (Isner gets to the quarterfinals in Atlanta – edging out one kid, Ben Shelton and being edged out by another kid, Jenson Brooksby. And since he was the defending champion, he drops out of the top 30).
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB): No. 33 =======> No. 38 (Kecmanovic was idle last week. But he drops 128 points (not gonna lie, we have no idea where those are from) and potentially takes himself out of a seeded spot at the US Open).
Nick Kyrgios (AUS): No. 47=======> No. 63 (Kyrgios was a last-minute scratch for singles in Atlanta, where he lost in the second round a year ago. But as a consolation prize, he won the doubles with Thanasi Kokkinakis. The two had to double up on the semis and finals on Sunday. And he has doubles in Washington, D.C. on Monday. A year ago, Kyrgios went down in the first round to Mackenzie McDonald; there’s room to make a move at a 500 – if he’s up to it).
Daniel Altmaier (GER): No. 75 =======> No. 89 (Altmaier, who was at a career high in late May despite a very so-so won-loss record on the season, has lost in the first round of his last four tournaments. That includes Kitzbuhel, where he was a semifinalist a year ago. He had also made the semis in Umag last year out of the qualifying).
Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG): No. 72 =======> No. 88 (The 23-year-old, who reached a career high last week – again, another player with a poor ATP won-loss record at 1-10 on the season – lost in the first round in Umag and drops his points from winning a Challenger in Trieste, Italy a year ago. He has a Challenger final to defend this week, as well. All of that is part of the deal with the clay-court type players make the jump from Challengers to the ATP Tour. Growing pains).
Benoit Paire (FRA): No. 92 =======> No. 112 (Paire is out of the top 100 for the first time since March 2, 2015. And as he posted on social media, it’s deserved. He’s an appalling 3-19 on the year at the ATP level after getting just four games from Brooksby in Atlanta. But as he also said, let’s see where it goes from here. He has Peter Gojowczyk in the first round of the Citi Open Monday).
Jason Kubler (AUS): No. 100 =======> No. 122 (Idle in singles last week after going from the qualifying to the second week at Wimbledon, and following it up with a semifinal in Newport, Kubler drops points from his Challenger title in Lexington a year ago. On the plus side, he and John Peers reached the final of an all-Aussie doubles clash in Atlanta, losing to Kokkinakis and Kyrgios).
Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 572 =======> No. 738 (Yeah. Ouch).