April 10, 2024

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ATP Rankings Report – As of April 1, 2024

MIAMI, Fla. – Grigor Dimitrov is back in the top 10 as a result of a wondrous run at the Miami Open that ended in a rather starchy defeat at the hands of Jannik Sinner.

And, even more notably, Sinner usurps Carlos Alcaraz’s spot at No. 2.

Fabian Maroszan of Hungary, who has played just four Masters 1000s in his career, seems to have mastered the art.

And Luca Nardi, who was a lowly qualifier when he upset Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells, is now a top-75 players.

For the complete, updated ATP Tour rankings for this April Fool’s Day, click here.

Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 3 ==========> No. 2 (It’s a career high for the Miami Open champ, who went one better than his final a year ago and took the title.

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 12 ==========> No. 9 (Dimitrov, who has been playing well for many months now, is back in the top 10 for the first time since 2018, at age 32).

Dimitrov was two points away from losing his opening match against Alejandro Tabilo in Miami. But he ended up in the final.

Fabian Marozsan (HUN): No. 57 ==========> No. 38 (The 24-year-old is at a career high – and has already won over half a million this year – after getting to the quarterfinals in Miami. He beat Holger Rune and Alex de Minaur, to name just two. Maroszan also reached the fourth round at Indian Wells, the quarterfinals in Shanghai last fall (De Minaur and Ruud), and the fourth round in Rome out of the qualifying (Alcaraz). Those are literally the only four Masters 1000s he’s played in his entire career. Can we call him a big-event player?)

Tomas Machac (CZE): No. 60 ==========> No. 43 (At 22, Machac also is at a career high, after making the quarters in Miami. He upset Andrey Rublev. And his epic against Andy Murray is one we’ll remember for a long time).

Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA): No. 76 ==========> No. 66 (The Brazilian is one off his career high after qualifying and making the third round in Miami. He upset Taylor Fritz on the way. And his marathon against Chilean Nicolas Jarry on the Butch Buchholz court in the third round was one of the best matches of the tournament – tennis-wise and atmosphere wise).

Luca Nardi (ITA): No. 96 ==========> No. 75 (Just 20, Nardi also is at a career high after winning a Challenger in Napoli on clay. Nardi was ranked No. 110 when he qualified at Indian Wells an beat Novak Djokovic on his way to the fourth round. That squeezed him into the top 100 for the first time, although he had the unfortunate luck to draw fellow young riser Jakub Mensik in the first round of qualifying in Miami. No matter, a week’s prep and onto the dirt and a title).

Fabio Fognini (ITA): No. 103 ==========> No. 100 (The 36-year-old – he’s 37 next month – was in the top 10 as recently as five years ago. But as he starts his third decade as a pro, he’s still grinding and looking for a main-draw spot at Roland Garros. He’s back in the top 100 even though he only won a round at the Napoli Challenger. This week, as the No. 1 seed, he qualified in Marrakech. He should make it to Paris).

Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 126 ==========> No. 121 (Shapovalov had a much-needed win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Miami, but fell to Arnaldi and missed an opportunity to make more headway in the ranking. He took a wild card into the clay-court event in Houston, with one week to go as he tries to get straight into Paris. He drew No. 7 seed Marcos Giron in the first round).

Matteo Berrettini (ITA): No. 142 ==========> No. 135 (Out since last year’s US Open, which he came into ranked No. 36, Berrettini finally returned in Phoenix, at a Challenger the second week of Indian Wells. He made the final there. Unfortunately, he drew Murray in the first round of Miami, and fell in three sets. But the 10 points still moved him up. Berrettini used his protected ranking to get into Marrakech this week. He got a tough draw in young Alexander Shevchenko in the first round).

Martin Damm (USA): No. 204 ==========> No. 175 (The 20-year-old lefty, son of the longtime ATP Tour player and a big unit at 6-6, was a standout junior. He got to No. 3 in the world three years ago, and made the semis at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the juniors in 2019 (he even beat Carlos Alcaraz on both clay and grass that year. And Holger Rune. Both are six months older although all are from the Class of 2003. But it’s taken him some time to break through. His wild card into Miami produced a first-round win over Zheng Zhizhen, and another against Tommy Paul on a retirement. He’s finally broken into the top 200).

Damm, now 20, was playing the US Open juniors at 14 and was already a monolith.

Alexis Galarneau (CAN): No. 221 ==========> No. 212 (Out since last fall, Galarneau returned but lost his openers at a pair of Challengers in February. But he made the quarters at the Challenger in San Luis Potosi last week, encouraging news).

Joao Fonseca (BRA): No. 341 ==========> No. 288 (The 17-year-old, who has already gotten his fair share of hype, has played only on clay this season. He jumps to a career high and into the top 300 after making the final of a Challenger in Paraguay. He became the No. 1 junior in the world last fall when he won the US Open juniors, admittedly over a field that definitely has yet to prove its vintage).

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO): No. 1086 ==========> No. 543 (The former top-20 player cut his ranking exactly in half with the addition of 60 points from a final at the Challenger in Murcia, Spain out of the qualifying. Before that, he’d played two tournaments at the lowest level of pro tennis –$15,000 events – and won neither of them. After tumbling down the charts during a period of personal turmoil, you can’t say he’s not at least willing to grind his way back up).

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Carlos Alcaraz (ESP): No. 2 ==========> No. 3 (Alcaraz has been either No. 1 or No. 2 since he took over No. 1 for the first time after winning the 2022 US Open. But there’s a new sherif in town. And after Dimitrov took the young Spaniard apart in Miami, it was Sinner who took the title – and the No. 2 spot).

Alcaraz was a huge hit in Miami. But he couldn’t complete the Sunshine Double.

Christopher Eubanks (USA): No. 32 ==========> No. 41 (Eubanks carved out new territory in 2023 after a great run at Wimbledon put him into the top 30. It’s been more of a grind this year; he’s 4-6 and has yet to win back-to-back matches this season. He plays Aussie Rinky Hijikata in the first round of Houston Monday).

Lorenzo Sonego (ITA): No. 53 ==========> No. 61 (Sonego is far too good a player to be outside the top 60. But his problem, overall, has been consistency. Sonego, like Eubanks, has yet to win back-to-back matches in 2024).

Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN): No. 48 ==========> No. 65 (The Finn was ranked a career-high No. 37 exactly a year ago. And he began the year decently. But losses to Dusan Lajovic and Yannick Hanfmann in the first rounds of Indian Wells and Miami were a wasted opportunity to make some inroads).

Luca Van Assche (FRA): No. 80 ==========> No. 94 (Still just 19, the French kid’s 2024 will be a year of transition, as he’s mostly on the ATP Tour full time, subject to the vagaries of draw luck and the wilds of qualifying He won five-setters against Musetti and Duckworth in Australia. But since then has struggled to win matches. That was the last time he won an ATP-level main-draw match so far in 2024).

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Jurij Rodionov (AUT): No. 91 ==========> No. 119 (Tough going for the 24-year-old, who hasn’t won an ATP main draw match this year and drops points from a Challenger title and a semifinal over these last two weeks a year ago. With a week go to until the Roland Garros entry deadline, he may have dropped himself from main-draw contention).

Novak Djokovic sits at No. 12, although it wouldn’t take him too much to jump right back in.

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