April 11, 2024

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ATP Tour Rankings Report – As of Oct. 31, 2022

Three weeks. Three ATP events. And three trophies for the peaking Félix Auger-Aliassime.

The 22-year-old won Florence, and Antwerp. And up a level to the ATP 500 in Basel, he flattened that draw as well.

Auger-Aliassime took care of Holger Rune in the final on Sunday.

And with that, he’s tied his career high of No. 8, where he was for a few weeks after the Montreal event and through the US Open.

His countryman Denis Shapovalov, having reached the final of a companion 500 event in Vienna, moves back into the top 16.

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

ON THE UPSWING

Daniil Medvedev (RUS): No. 4 ========> No. 3 (With his title in Vienna, and Casper Ruud’s first round loss in Basel, Medvedev moves up to the No. 3 spot)

Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 9 ========> No. 8 (From No. 13 to No. 10 to No. 9 to now No. 8, Auger-Aliassime is in good shape for the ATP Finals. But it’s not a done deal yet. After a first-round bye, he could face Alexander Bublik for the second time in two weeks in Paris).

Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 19 ========> No. 16 (One step short for his second career title. But Shapovalov is still having a pretty good fall season. He gets Francisco Cerundolo in the first round at the Paris Masters)

Holger Rune (DEN): No. 25 ========> No. 18 (The 19-year-old is into the top 20 for the first time after making the Basel final. We would be talking a lot more about his superb last three tournament – if it weren’t for FAA. Meanwhile, he’s got Stan Wawrinka in the first round in Paris. And before that, he’s … playing doubles with Stefanos Tsitsipas in an all-Mouratoglou team that kind of defies logic, in terms of where they are in the season).

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 22 ========> No. 20 (He fell to Rune in the Basel semis. But he’s still back into the top 20 and faces Tommy Paul first up in Paris).

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 32 ========> No. 28 (His semifinal effort in Vienna puts Dimitrov back into the top 30. He drew Van de Zandschulp in the first round in Paris).

Arthur Rinderknech (FRA): No. 51 ========> No. 42 (Without much fanfare, this 27-year-old Frenchman is into the top 50 after making the quarters in Basel out of the qualifying. It’s a career high; he began the 2022 season ranked No. 58. Yet, somehow, it feels as though he’s made more progress than that).

Marcos Giron (USA): No. 58 ========> No. 52 (A quarterfinal effort in Vienna for the 29-year-old American).

Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG): No. 89 ========> No. 83(Etcheverry is on the South American clay circuit, and made the final at the Lima Challenger).

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Ugo Humbert (FRA): No. 103 ========> No. 88 (It was just a flash ago – actually, June 202 – that the French lefty was ranked a career-best No. 25. He’s had health woes this year. But at least, by winning a match in Basel, he’s back in the top 100 for the first time since he dropped out last June, and will be straight into the Australian Open).

Gregoire Barrere (FRA): No. 110 ========> No. 92 (Barrere, 28, wins the Challenger in Brest and gets back into the top 100).

Dominic Thiem (AUT): No. 113 ========> No. 100 (Thiem ends his second with a second-round loss to Medvedev in Vienna. It is ALMOST CERTAINLY enough to get him straight into the main draw at the Australian Open. So worth cutting the cord in 2022.

Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 194 ========> No. 153 (Wawrinka improves his lot by making the Basel quarterfinals. He gets Holger Rune in the first round in Paris. It’s been a bumpy comeback, but perhaps he can see the light at the end of the tunnel).

Luca Van Assche (FRA): No. 233 ========> No. 208 (The Belgian-born 18-year-old, who won the Roland Garros juniors last year, gets to the Brest Challenger final and close to the top 200).

Alexis Galarneau (CAN): No. 225 ========> No. 222 (Galarneau was right on the bubble to get into the US Open qualifying. He had to go there, just in case, but fell just short. That won’t happen for the Australian Open, as he should be well in after making the Las Vegas Challenger quarterfinals. He’s in Charlottesville, Va. this week).

Tennys Sandgren (USA): No. 444 ========> No. 286 (It is shocking how far the two-time Australian Open quarterfinalist has fallen in 2022, in part due to his unvaccinated status and the resultant travel challenges. But still … However, he made up a ton of ground this week, winning the Challenger in Las Vegas over Stefan Kozlov – the US fall Challenger king – in the final).

Steven Diez (CAN): No. 375 ========> No. 341 (Diez is down at the ITF level, trying to make some headway. And he did last week, making the final in Girona two weeks ago).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Diego Schwartzman (ARG): No. 21 ========> No. 24 (The likeable Argentine is finishing the season with a whimper, not a bang. He lost to Andrey Rublev in the first round in Vienna. And he has the tough serve-volleyer Maxime Cressy in the first round in Paris).

Gael Monfils (FRA): No. 41 ========> No. 46 (New Dad Monfils bowed out of the Paris Masters, the foot he re-injured in Montreal clearly still bothering him. Will be be back at all, at age 36? He says yes).

J.J. Wolf (USA): No. 56 ========> No. 63 (The transition to the top level was in play here as Wolf lost in the first round at the ATP 500 in Vienna, and drops all the points he banked from winning the Las Vegas Challenger a year ago. He has two more Challenger semifinals to defend before the end of 2022, but doesn’t appear in any draws this week).

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO): No. 94 ========> No. 106 (Basilashvili, ruled “not guilty” in a domestic abuse situation with his ex-wife back in Georgia after a long journey – subject to appeal, of course – lost in the first round in Vienna to Medvedev. And so, he drops out of the top 100 for the first time in exactly six years. He still squeezed it into the Paris Masters, though, having dropped out of the top 40 only three weeks ago, when the points from his finals appearance at last year’s Indian Wells fall edition fell off. So that’s kind of the end of the line for that bump).

John Millman (AUS): No. 142 ========> No. 160 (It’s kind of shocking to see the former No. 33 this far down the list; he began the season ranked No. 72. Millman has spent the last few weeks on the Challenger circuit in South Korea, but it’s not been going particularly well. He’s the No. 2 seed at the Yokohama Challenger in Japan this week).

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER): No. 132 ========> No. 168 (A season to forget for Struff, who did well in his Davis Cup matches at the prelims last month, but hasn’t won back-to-back matches on the circuit since July. He hasn’t played since losing in the quarterfinals of Sofia in early October. But he is lined up to play in the final rounds next month – first up, against Canada).

Andreas Seppi (ITA): No. 310 ========> No. 325 (The 38-year-old, rebuffed by his own tennis federation from making his farewell at the Naples ATP Tour event, played in Ortisei last week and lost in the first round to Yannik Hanfmann).

Seppi at the 2011 Australian Open – back when players used to show off that gym work on the practice court.

THE CANADIANS

THE ROAD TO TURIN

THE ROAD TO MILAN

(We’re kind of thinking that the top four will not make this date, even though two of them are Italians).

THE RACE TO THE AO MAIN DRAW

The top 100 are almost guaranteed to make it, accounting for some inevitable protected rankings.

After that, it’s a race to get straight into Melbourne and guarantee that first-round paycheque. They’ve still got about a month to make a move.

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