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ATP Rankings Report – As of Feb. 26, 2024

With Carlos Alcaraz retiring in Rio, he drops the points he earned a year ago, when he made the final. That puts him just over 1,000 points behind No. 1 Djokovic, and now less than 1,000 points ahead of No. 3 Jannik Sinner and No. 4 Daniil Medvedev.

There are no changes in the top 10, where it seems the players are paired up two-by-two in terms of being close to each other in ranking points.

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

Casper Ruud (NOR): No. 12 ==========> No. 11 (Ruud is about 65 points away from getting back into the top 10, which he would have done had he won in Los Cabos Saturday, instead of losing in the final. Christopher Eubanks is his first opponent in Acapulco, and he’s also playing doubles again, after reaching the Los Cabos final).

Karen Khachanov (RUS): No. 17 ==========> No. 15 (Khachanov wins Doha, and moves back into the top 15 where, despite his relatively low profile compared to the others, he probably should regularly be. He drew Alexei Popyrin in Dubai).

Sebastian Baez (ARG): No. 30 ==========> No. 21 (South American clay time is Baez’s bread and butter time. And rolled to the title at the ATP 500 in Rio over a nervous rookie finalist, countryman Mariano Navone. It’s already the fifth title of his career, at age 23, and puts him at a career high).

Jordan Thompson (AUS): No. 40 ==========> No. 32 (At 29, Thompson has finally won an ATP Tour event and reached a career high. And he did it on a night that began late, started with the singles, followed with a doubles semifinal and ended near 3 a.m. with the doubles final. He won that with countryman Max Purcell).

Alexei Popyrin (AUS): No. 46 ==========> No. 38 (Into the top 40 for the 24-year-old Aussie, who made the Doha semis. I’s a career high. He gets Khachanov in the first round of Dubai).

Facundo Diaz Acosta (ARG): No. 59 ==========> No. 52 (A great swing for Diaz Acosta, who made the quarters in Cordoba, won the   title in Buenos Aires, and won a round in Rio as a special exempt to move to another career high. He started the swing ranked No. 98. Diaz Acosta did open a few eyes in Melbourne, where he took No. 12 seed Taylor Fritz to 6-4 in the fifth set before succumbing in the first round).

Gael Monfils (FRA): No. 68 ==========> No. 54 (Monfils made the semis in Doha, losing to a Czech teenager with the same birthday, but born 19 years later. Still, he’s 15 points away from the top 50, and still working towards that promised goal of qualifying for the Olympics in Paris. Right now, he’s the 4th-ranked Frenchman and the third-ranked Frenchman in the Olympic qualifying race. He gets the No. 2 Frenchman, Ugo Humbert, in the first round in Dubai).

Mariano Navone (ARG): No. 113 ==========> No. 60 (A month ago, Navone was losing to 18-year-old Dino Prizmic in the first round of Australian Open qualifying, despite being ranked some 60 spots higher than the Croat. Sunday, he was looking for his first ATP title – at a 500, no less. It wasn’t to be. But he’s cut his ranking in half).

Jakub Mensik (CZE): No. 116 ==========> No. 87 (Into the top 100 with a bullet for the 18-year-old, who had monster wins over seasoned vets Murray and Monfils, but ran out of gas in the Doha final against Karen Khachanov. In as a special exempt into Dubai, he gets Borna Coric in the first round).

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Thiago Monteiro (BRA): No. 117 ==========> No. 102 (The 29-year-old Brazilian lefty, who has been as high as No. 61 in singles, needed a wild card to get into his home-country ATP event last week and made the most of it, reaching the quarterfinals and getting within a few points of getting back into the top 100).

Gabriel Diallo (CAN): No. 136 ==========> No. 129 (Diallo didn’t even play last week, and won’t this week. But the movement of others move him up seven spots in Monday’s rankings and squeezes him into a career high).

Felipe Meligeni Alves (BRA): No. 153 ==========> No. 130 (Qualifying and winning a round in Rio was worth 23 spots for the 25-year-old Brazilian, the 2016 US Open junior boys’ doubles winner over Félix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Sigouin. He’s one spot below a career high reached in June, 2023).

Juan Carlos Aguilar, then a Bolivian and now a Canadian, poses with doubles partner Felipe Meligeni Alves after they beat Félix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Sigouin in the US Open junior doubles final in 2016.

Otto Virtanen (FIN): No. 172 ==========> No. 131 (This 22-year-old has been kind of stealthy as he’s made his way up the rankings. His career high of No. 109 came in early April last year, but he’s taken a step back to that with a title at the Pau Challenger).

Joao Fonseca (BRA): No. 655 ==========> No. 343 (The 17-year-old announced himself, and cut his ranking almost in half by beating Arthur Fils and Cristian Garin, before losing to Navone in the Rio quarterfinals).

Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 757 ==========> No. 721 (Pospisil earned four points for getting through qualifying at the Pune Challenger, which was worth nearly 40 spots in his part of the rankings. But he lost in the first round of the main draw. And he also lost in the first round of qualifying in Dubai, where he had received a wild card).

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE): No. 11 ==========> No. 12 (Tsitsipas is down another spot, basically because he lost the Los Cabos semi to Ruud. It’s just by a margin of five points, though. The No. 5 seed in Acapulco gets the very solid Roman Safiullin in the first round).

Cameron Norrie (GBR): No. 23 ==========> No. 29 (Norrie has shown flashes of his best self so far in 2024. But he won Rio last year, so anything less than that was going to drop him in a very packed part of the rankings list. He lost to qualifier Mariano Navone in the semis).

Arthur Fils (FRA): No. 36 ==========> No. 44 (The 19-year-old’s first stay in the top 40 lasted 18 weeks, as he was out in the first round of Rio to teenaged wild card Joao Fonseca and drops his points from a year ago, when he was a semifinalist in Marseille).

Max Purcell (AUS): No. 51 ==========> No. 62 (The mulleted one lost in the second round of Los Cabos to Borges. But he stuck around until the wee hours Saturday night and won the doubles title with countryman Jordan Thompson. But he drops points from winning a Challenger in Bengaluru a year ago and is out of the top 60 in singles. He gets Frances Tiafoe in the first round in Acapulco, with the American NOT in great form at the moment).

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Andy Murray (GBR): No. 50 ==========> No. 67 (Murray’s effort in losing to Jakub Mensik in three tiebreaks in Doha was commendable. But it was in the second round. A year ago, Murray made the Doha final. So he drops out of the top 50 and has to play Denis Shapovalov in the first round of Dubai on Monday).

Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP): No. 93 ==========> No. 143 (The clock sort of struck midnight for this hard-working 27-year-old, who reached a career high of No. 37 just before last year’s Roland Garros. He lost in the first round of Rio this year to Laslo Djere and won just one match in the first two tournaments on the South American swing – on a retirement, at that. That is his only main-draw win on the books since the first round of last year’s US Open. The damage to his ranking was swift and merciless; a year ago, he made the semis both in Buenos Aires – losing to Alcaraz – and in Rio – losing a third-set tiebreak to eventual champ Cameron Norrie).

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO): No. 869 ==========> No. 956 (Not much left on the computer for Basilashvili, the former No. 16 who …. He has just 14 points on the computer as of Monday, although he’ll get a few more when his run from the qualies to the quarters at a $25K ITF in Italy go on the computer next week).

After doubles partner Rohan Bopanna became No. 1 for the first time at age 43, it is Aussie Matthew Ebden’s turn atop the doubles heap, at age 36.

He joins countrywoman Storm Hunter, who got to No. 1 on the women’s side at the end of 2023.

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