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ATP Rankings Report – As of April 24, 2023

Alcaraz was overwhelmingly good against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Barcalona final (TennisTV)

With three ATP Tour events and five Challengers on the docket last week, it was inevitable that there would be some rankings movement.

Not so much for the champions and the runners-up, although Dusan Lajovic leaped up with his title in Banja Luka.

But there are some career highs. And some title defences as Carlos Alcaraz repeated in Barcelona, and Holger Rune did the same in Munich.

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

ON THE UPSWING

Daniil Medvedev (RUS): No. 4 =========> No. 3 (The Russian, idle last week, rises as Casper Ruud drops and is the No. 2 seed in Madrid this coming week. He could face Andy Murray in the second round)

Lorenzo Musetti (ITA): No. 20 =========> No. 18 (Musetti ties his career high after making the semifinals in Barcelona. He got a gift in the quarters from countryman Jannik Sinner, who has also pulled out of Madrid after suffering from an unspecified illness. He could make a run in Madrid, with Ruud and Carreño Busta in his section)

Lajovic beat Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev in the same week, to win in Banja Luka (TennisTV)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB): No. 70 =========> No. 40 (The title in Banja Luka, in which he defeated Novak Djokovic and then Andrey Rublev in the final, will be a breath of spring for the former No. 23. It should get him into the biggest events with a lot less hassle. He faces Jason Kubler in Madrid, with the winner to play Félix Auger-Aliassime).

Alex Molcan (SVK): No. 73 =========> No. 58 (The Slovak lefty made the Banja Luka semis. His first-round opponent in Madrid is Wu Yibing).

Laslo Djere (SRB): No. 78 =========> No. 70 (Another Serb who did well in Bosnia, Djere moves up eight).

Cristian Garin (CHI): No. 86 =========> No. 73 (He’s still a long way from his career high of No. 17, but a quarterfinal in Munich last week helps).

Dominic Thiem (AUT): No. 101 =========> No. 93 (With that ranking, Thiem is back in the top 100, but not in time to get straight into the Roland Garros main draw. He’s only a few out, though, and likely will make it. The quarterfinal in Munich was encouraging, and he gets the comebacking Kyle Edmund in the first round in Madrid).

James Duckworth (AUS): No. 113 =========> No. 102 (He might well end up among the top seeds in qualifying in Paris, moving up after making the final of the Challenger in Morelos, Mexico).

Juan Manuel Cerundolo (ARG): No. 123 =========> No. 104 (It must feel like eons since the kid won in Cordoba out of nowhere. Since then, it’s been a matter of getting healthy and trying to climb back up the rankings. He made the final at the Oeiras Challenger).

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Zsombor Piros (HUN): No. 134 =========> No. 118 (Another move to a career high for the former top junior, now 23. He wins in Oeiras).

Aslan Karatsev (RUS): No. 129 =========> No. 121 (Remember when Karatsev was No. 14 in the world and his rock-hard calves were a meme? At least this week he rises, because mostly it’s been the reverse. He qualified and won a round in Munich).

Zizou Bergs (BEL): No. 156 =========> No. 132 (Bergs wins the Tallahassee Challenger).

Filip Misolic wins the Roseto Challenger (Photo: ATP Challenger Tour)

Filip Misolic (AUT): No. 142 =========> No. 126 (The 21-year-old from Austria wins the Challenger on Roseto, Italy and moves to a career high).

Alejandro Tabilo (CHI): No. 176 =========> No. 154 (At a career high No. 64 not long ago, the Chilean-Canadian reaches the final of the Florianopolis Challenger. But that meant he had to pull out of a Challenger in Europe this week; too much of a commute, and not enough time).

Abdullah Shelbayh (JOR): No. 267 =========> No. 243 (Yes, he’s getting a lot of wild cards these days. But the 19-year-old Jordanian is making good, qualifying in Banja Luka and winning a round. He gets another one in Madrid, where he faces Pedro Cachin in the first round).

Pedro Sousa (POR): No. 462 =========> No. 365 (The 34-year-old is calling it a career, but he’s doing it in style as he reaches the semifinal at the Oeiras Challenger and moves up nearly 100 spots).

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (USA): No. 935 =========> No. 645 (The 28-year-old American, who has lost a lot of time to injury, cuts a third off his discouraging-looking ranking by winning an ITF in Sunride, Fla. and making the quarters at the Tallahassee Challenger. A quick turnaround to play the Seoul Challenger this week).

Botic Van de Zandschulp served for the match THREE times. But Holger Rune still won in Munich. (TennisTV)

ON THE DOWNSWING

Casper Ruud (NOR): No. 3 =========> No. 4 (The Norwegian star’s ranking has held fairly steady, considering his 2023 hasn’t been great so far; he lost in the third round in Barcelona to Francisco Cerundolo in kind of a shocker, and defends a semifinal in Rome. He has a pretty good draw in Madrid – where he’s defending basically nothing – until a possible fourth-round clash with Musetti).

(Photo: Mutua Madrid Open/Alberto Nevado)

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP): No. 17 =========> No. 22 (Carreño Busta has been out since Rotterdam in February and has played just four matches, and so didn’t defend his points from getting to the Barcelona final a year ago. He’s back in Madrid this week and could face Fabio Fognini in the second round).

Diego Schwartzman (ARG): No. 48 =========> No. 72 (Ouchie for the 30-year-old from Argentina, who lost in the second round in Barcelona and bounces points from his Barcelona semifinal in 2022. He gets a qualifier to open in Madrid. And then a very rusty Sebastian Korda).

Fabio Fognini (ITA): No. 103 =========> No. 127 (Another drop for Fognini, who didn’t play last week. He faces Oscar Otte in the first round of Madrid, where he squeezed in before his tumble in the rankings).

Alexis Galarneau (CAN): No. 238 =========> No. 244 (Galarneau’s season started off with some promise, with his Grand Slam qualifying debut. But it’s been some treading of water lately. And with his ranking where it is, he might be out of luck for the Roland Garros qualifying. A good run at the Savannah Challenger this week is needed).

Lloyd Harris (RSA): No. 242 =========> No. 279 (He’s playing on a protected ranking after an injury layoff. But the actual ranking isn’t pretty. Harris is playing the top-level Seoul Challenger this week).

Denis Istomin (UZB): No. 694 =========> No. 760 (The 36-year-old from Uzbekistan isn’t done; he’s just been out of action He’s in the qualifying at the Rome Challenger this week and won his first round – which was his first match of the 2023 season).

THE CANADIANS

THE DOUBLES RANKINGS

THE ROAD TO TURIN

THE ROAD TO MILAN

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