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ATP Rankings Report – As of March 4, 2024

A pair of ATP 500s without the top three means in-form players can earn a lot of points.

And this week, it was Alex de Minaur in Acapulco and Ugo Humbert in Dubai who were the big winners.

Dubai will be overshadowed by the Andrey Rublev incident – although he was successful in his appeal and saw his lost prize money and ranking points from the default reinstated. And the semifinal upset of Medvedev by Humbert was also a surprise.

But Humbert’s win was almost the completion of his return to where he should be, after a number of lean years.

 

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

Alexander Zverev (GER): No. 6 =========> No. 6 (Zverev didn’t defend his Acapulco points, upset in the first round by countryman Daniel Altmaier. And it seemed that he might move back into the top five because Andrey Rublev had finalist’s points to defend and earned … none because of his default in the semifinals. But in the end, on appeal, Rublev’s points and prize money were reinstated Monday – although he did get assessed a fine of $36,400 US instead. Which he’ll happily take. Zverev has fourth-round points to defend at Indian Wells, and nothing in Miami).

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Casper Ruud (NOR): No. 11 =========> No. 8 (Disappointed in both the Los Cabos and Acapulco finals, the 25-year-old from Norway nevertheless is making runs again. And with the Acapulco final he’s back in the top 10 for the first time since he slipped out last November. Ruud only made the third round in Indian Wells and Miami a year ago, so he has room to move in March).

Ugo Humbert (FRA): No. 18 =========> No. 14 (The second act of the 25-year-old French lefty’s career is proving better than the first, as he moves inside the top 15 with his second career ATP 500 title, after winning Halle on grass in 2021 with a wondrous run).

Jack Draper (GBR): No. 50=========> No. 37 (A career high for the 22-year-old, who had to retire in the Acapulco semifinal because of illness).

Alejandro Tabilo (CHI): No. 51 =========> No. 39 (A career high despite his defeat in Santiago Sunday. He also won the doubles title so overall, probably the best week of his career for the Canadian-Chilean).

Dominik Koepfer (GER): No. 58 =========> No. 49 (Into the top 50 again for Koepfer, whose upset of Frances Tiafoe in Acapulco was a highlight. After going out in the first round of both Cordoba and Buenos Aires on the South American swing, it was a nice reset).

Andy Murray (GBR): No. 66 =========> No. 61 (A little bump for Murray, who won a match in Dubai).

Pedro Martinez (ESP): No. 101 =========> No. 89 (The former No. 40 [May 2022] has been having a terrible time of it recently. He hadn’t won back-to-back matches at the ATP level since Oeiras last April. And that was only the second time all year he managed it. He fell out of the top 100 a year ago and has only recently dipped a toe back in, barely, for a few weeks. Hopefully his semifinal effort in Santiago will set him back on a winning path).

Corentin Moutet (FRA): No. 140 =========> No. 105 (Moutet went from the qualifying to the semis in Santiago, having to face a pretty hostile crowd as he upset the Chilean No. 1, Nicolas Jarry, in the quarterfinals. Tabilo squeaked past him in the semis but the 24-year-old is now close to the top 100 again. At one point last year he was playing solely one-handed backhands, because his left wrist wouldn’t allow. So he’s a lot more positive about things now).

(Photo: ATP Challenger Tour)

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ): No. 165 =========> No. 140 (Tennis players are done when they say they’re done. The 36-year-old, whose career high of No. 39 came in 2019 in the latter stages of his career, wins the Challenger in Tenerife out of the qualifying. It’s as high as his ranking has been in 2 1/2 years).

Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA): No. 277 =========> No. 223 (The 25-year-old Frenchman, who notably defeated Canadians Ben Sigouin, Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime in succession to win the Roland Garros juniors in 2016, wins the Challenger in New Delhi to take a nice chunk out of his ranking. His career high was No. 134 in Nov. 2022)

Majchrzak at the Australian Open in 2019.

Kamil Majchrzak (POL): No. 652 =========> No. 440 (Starting from scratch again after serving a doping suspension, the 28-year-old from Poland wins the Kigali Challenger and moves up more than 200 spots. He had … no ranking at all two months ago but since has won a $15K, a $25K and now a Challenger).

Andrey Rublev (RUS): No. 5 =========> No. 5 (Rublev’s Dubai drama, didn’t end up costing him his spot in the top five after all, as his ranking points and prize money were reinstated upon appeal.

Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 9 =========> No. 10 (De Minaur defends his Acapulco title. But he drops a spot because Ruud improved on his own results. That’s the trick with the rankings. It’s not just about what you do, it’s also about what your nearest rivals do. But De Minaur lost early last year in the desert, so he’s poised to make up some ground. And after a lightning stop through San Diego to support girlfriend Katie Boulter as she won the biggest tournament of her career, the two are on a roll).

Taylor Fritz (USA): No. 10 =========> No. 12 (Fritz was hanging into the top 10 by a small margin. But after his opening-round loss to Arnaldi in Acapulco, he’s out).

Tommy Paul (USA): No. 14 =========> No. 17 (Paul looked sluggish in a first-round loss to Jack Draper in Acapulco, and drops three spots).

Taro Daniel (JPN): No. 64 =========> No. 76 (No shame in losing to eventual champion Alex de Minaur in the first round in Acapulco. But he had quarterfinal points to defend from a year ago, so that’s a dent in his ranking. He has over 100 points to defend in Miami and Indian Wells, too).

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Jakub Mensik (CZE): No. 87 =========> No. 81 (Another career high for the 18-year-old, whose elbow began barking just a little too much in the second round of Dubai after making the final in Doha. Hopefully his wild card into the Indian Wells main draw and the extra days of rest that go with it will help to that end).

Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 120 =========> No. 131 (Shapovalov loses in the first round of Dubai to Andy Murray, to drop his ranking again. He’s using his protected ranking to play Indian Wells next week, but can’t be seeded).

Matteo Berrettini (ITA): No. 125 =========> No. 154 (Berrettini was originally entered in the Indian Wells qualifying, but he withdrew. He’s entered in Miami with a protected ranking, so hopefully he makes the date).

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