MIAMI, Fla. – Plenty of moves as the Masters 1000 in Miami ends (not that there aren’t three more in the next month and a half).
The biggest headline, of course, is that Carlos Alcaraz, who couldn’t defend the 1,000 he points he earned by winning in Miami last year, drops back out of the No. 1 spot to No. 2.
Novak Djokovic, who couldn’t play Indian Wells or Miami because of the US border laws that don’t allow unvaccinated visitors into the country, gets the top spot back.
ON THE UPSWING
Novak Djokovic (SRB): No. 2 =======> No. 1 (Djokovic is back at No. 1, by some 380 points, because Carlos Alcaraz drops 640 points by not defending his Miami Open title. He should be back in Monte Carlo).
Daniil Medvedev (RUS): No. 5 =======> No. 4 (It’s tough to move up when you get near the top. But Medvedev’s Miami Open title – his 19th, in 19 different tournaments – edges him past Casper Ruud, who drops points from his effort in 2022, when he made the final).
Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 11 =======> No. 9 (Sinner’s effort to get to the Miami final gets him back into the top 10 again, and matches his career high).
Karen Khachanov (RUS): No. 16=======> No. 11 (He’s been somewhat quiet for awhile, but Khachanov’s Miami effort moves him within about 200 points of the top 10).
Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN): No. 54 =======> No. 37 (A career high for the Finn, after making the quarterfinals in Miami. A great week for Finnish tennis overall).
Cristian Garin (CHI): No. 82=======> No. 74 (The former No. 17 is slowly working his way back up again after going from the qualifying to the third round in Miami).
Christopher Eubanks (USA): No. 119 =======> No. 85 (A debut in the top 100, after coming close but not quite making it, as the 26-year-old American goes from the qualifying to the quarterfinals in Miami, losing to Medvedev)
Max Purcell (AUS): No. 99 =======> No. 86 (The 24-year-old Aussie is making hay on the Challenger circuit and is at another career high with his run to the Lille final.
Luca Van Assche (FRA): No. 108 ======> No. 91 (A move into the top 100 at age 18 means he’s the youngest to do it since Gaël Monfils in 2005. He still has yet to win a match at the ATP Tour level, but he gets into the top 100 by winning the Challenger in Sam Remo on clay with the loss of only one set. He’s ony the 8th Frenchman to get to the top 100 before age 19. And of the other seven, six have made the top 10).
Otto Virtanen (FIN): No. 139 =======> No. 109 (The 21-year-old is at a career high after beating Max Purcell in the final of the Lille Challenger).
Liam Broady (GBR): No. 161 =======> No. 132 (A little niggle will keep him out a few weeks, but the 29-year-old Brit reached the final of a Challenger in Biel during the first week of Miami).
Gabriel Diallo (CAN): No. 212 =======> No. 176 (A jump into the top 200 for the first time for the 21-year-old Canadian, who made the quarterfinals of the Lille Challenger).
Dominik Koepfer (GER): No. 262 =======> No. 179 (The former No. 50, 28, leaps back into the top 200 after a win at the Mexico City Challenger).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP): No. 1 =======> No. 2 (A good run Miami, making the semis before losing to Jannik Sinner and coming up a bit short physically. But not enough to stay at No. 1).
Hubert Hurkacz (POL): No. 9 =======> No. 12 (Hurkacz, who made the Miami semis a year ago, lost a shocker in the third round this year to Adrian Mannarino. He has quarterfinals in Monte Carlo and Madrid coming up for defence).
Alexander Bublik (KAZ): No. 48 =======> No. 56 (It’s been awhile since Bublik was out of the top 50 – since Oct. 2020. But after losing his opener to JJ Wolf in Miami, that’s where he is).
Andy Murray (GBR): No. 52 =======> No. 57
Jack Draper (GBR): No. 43=======> No. 61 (Draper missed the second half of the Sunshine Swing because of an abdominal injury, retiring in his fourth-round match against Carlos Alcaraz at Indian Wells after beating respected countrymen Andy Murray and Dan Evans earlier in the event. But he has a wild card into Monte Carlo, prepped to make a move on the clay).
Jenson Brooksby (USA): No. 61 =======> No. 70 (Brooksby is out after wrist surgery a month ago, so that ranking will continue to drop for awhile).
Jaume Munar (ESP): No. 66 =======> No. 83 (Munar lost in the first round in Miami, then played a Challenger on clay in Girona the second week and made the quarterfinals. But it wasn’t enough to balance of a title at a Challenger in Marbella in 2022).
Zizou Bergs (BEL): No. 135=======> No. 167
Gael Monfils (FRA): No. 280 =======> No. 324 (Injured again in Miami, where he retired at 3-3 in the first set against Ugo Humbert, the 36-year-old Frenchman isn’t going in the right direction as he tries to ride off into the tennis sunset with a bang).
THE DOUBLES RANKINGS
THE ROAD TO TURIN
THE ROAD TO MILAN