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ATP Rankings Report – Sept. 14, 2020

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Mushroom man Vasek Pospisil made a nice leap in the rankings with his second-week effort in New York.

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There was no change in the top nine in the ATP Tour rankings after the just-completed US Open.

Only Roberto Bautista Agut, who moved up one spot back into the top 10, changed the look at the top.

The fact that Rafael Nadal didn’t lose the 2,000 ranking points he earned by winning the title a year ago – and not making the trip this year – changes the dynamics quite a bit.

Roger Federer played only the Australian Open in 2020 and won’t play for the rest of the year. But he remains firmly ensconced at the No. 4 spot – although he (and the rest) are miles behind the top three.

Thiem, at No. 3, is 2,500 points ahead of Federer.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov moves up after his quarterfinal effort in New York. But it’s preeeeeetty tight, points-wise, in the 8-15 chunk of the rankings. So there could be some movement in there after the French Open.

ON THE UPSWING

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 11 ===========> No. 10 (It’s a symbolic more more than anything. But being top-10 is big).

Andrey Rublev (RUS): No. 14 ===========> No. 12 (The Russian, who is a low-key 19-5 on the season with two titles, moves to a career high).

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It didn’t end the way he wanted, but his first US Open quarterfinal is a nice leap forward in the Canadian’s career.

Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 17 ===========> No. 14 (After his quarterfinal effort in New York, Shapovalov is one spot below a career high reached just before the Australian Open this year).

Pablo Carreño Busta (ESP): No. 27 ===========> No. 18 (The US Open semifinal effort vaults him back into the top 20. His reward is to have to play Rafael Nadal in his Rome opener).

Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 21===========> No. 20 (A good effort to reach the second week of the Open, but despite having lost in the first round a year ago, only moves up one spot. His first-round exit in Rome won’t help him make any more moves).

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Auger-Aliassime made his first second week at a major in New York.

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB): No. 47 ===========> No. 39 (The 21-year-old from Belgrade moves up to a career high after making the second round of the US Open and winning the title in Kitzbuhel. It’s the first ATP Tour title of his career).

Frances Tiafoe (USA): No. 82 ===========> No. 66 (Tiafoe showed some encouraging signs in New York, reaching the fourth round. But he’s still a long way from his career high of No. 29, reached just a year and a half ago).

Corentin Moutet (FRA): No. 77 ===========> No. 69 (The … expressive 21-year-old reaches a career high after making the third round in New York).

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It’s hard to know what the 21-year-old Frenchman’s ceiling is. But speedy lefties are always a pain in the butt to opponents.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP): No. 99===========> No. 70 (Another 21-year-old on the rise – up 29 spots after making the second week in New York).

Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 94 ===========> No. 73 (The veteran Canadian was among a trio from the North to make the second week. He ran out of gas against Alex de Minaur in the fourth round. But he posted some good wins, and his ranking is the highest it’s been since the beginning of 2019).

Salvatore Caruso (ITA): No. 100 ===========> No. 87 (The Italian gets to a career high at 27, after a friendly draw in New York helps him to a third-round result).

Yannick Hanfmann (GER): No. 118 ===========> No. 101 (The 28-year-old is two off a career high reached two years ago, after going from the qualifying to the final in Kitzbuhel).

Andy Murray (GBR): No. 115 ===========> No. 110 (A win in New York helps Murray up a little bit in the rankings).

J. J. Wolf (USA): No. 138===========> No. 120 (The 21-year-old used a wild card – and the power of the mullet – to reach the third round of the US Open and hit a career high).

Oscar Otte (GER): No. 219 ===========> No. 136 (The 27-year-old German gets close to a career best reached three years ago after winning the Aix-en-Provence Challenger, backing up a final in Ostrava the previous week).

Always a Canadian, Tabilo reaches a career high as he now plays for Chile.

Alejandro Tabilo (CHI): No. 180 ===========> No. 156 (The Canadian born and raised lefty, now playing for Chile, reaches a career high after making back-to-back semifinals in clay Challengers in Europe. Earlier this year, he played ATP Cup for Chile and also qualified and reached the second round at the Australian Open).

Carlos Alcaraz (ESP): No. 217 ===========> No. 186 (Still just 17, the Spaniard takes another big leap in the rankings after reaching the final of the Cordenons Challenger. The week before the US Open, Alcaraz qualified and won the title at the Challenger in Trieste. He never had to face a top 200 player along the way, but that’s how you rise – by taking advantage of those opportunities. When play resumed, Alcaraz was at No. 318 – he’s risen 130 spots in just a few weeks).

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Carlos Alcaraz was in Indian Wells, preparing to make his main-draw debut, when Covid hit. If the break slowed him down, it hasn’t shown as he’s been on a tear on the Challenger circuit. (Stephanie Myles/OpenCourt.ca)

Brandon Nakashima (USA): No. 223 ===========> No. 199 (After impressing with his precocious poise during World Team Tennis, and turning 19 along the way, the young American jumps to a career high and into the top 200 after beating Paolo Lorenzi in the first round of the US Open).

Marc Andrea Huesler (SUI): No. 303 ===========> No. 218 (At 24, the little-known Swiss makes a move in Kitzbuhel. He was one of five qualifiers to reach the quarters, and went all the way to the final. Along the way he beat Fabio Fognini and Feliciano Lopez).

Jack Sock (USA): No. 389 ===========> No. 303 (The comeback from a hand injury has been slow for Sock. But at least he makes some headway and showed he could go the distance with his fifth-set tiebreak win over Pablo Cuevas in the first round of the US Open).

ON THE DOWNSWING

Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 15 ===========> No. 17 (Wawrinka skipped the American circuit, preferring to stay on the European clay. He picked up 150 points on the Challenger circuit in Prague, but preferred to let his quarterfinal US Open result from a year ago stand).

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 20 ===========> No. 22 (It’s a bit of a mid-career lull for Dimitrov, who struggled more than was thought with the effects of the coronavirus and went out in five sets in the second round of the US Open to Marton Fucsovics).

Sinner let a great opportunity slip away in New York. He’ll now try to make some moves during the clay-court swing through Europe.

Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 74===========> No. 81 (The young Italian prodigy, who turned 19 just before the US Open, will feel the sting of having given up a two-sets-to-none lead to Karen Khachanov in the first round of the US Open. He gets … Benoit Paire Monday night in his Rome opener).

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG): No. 133 ===========> No. 139 (A year ago, when Rome was in the spring and all was okay in the world, the Argentine was back in the top 10. Sixteen months later, he’s just had another surgery on his knee and everything is all sideways).

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How much do we all miss del Potro? Let’s be real – a lot.

Hyeon Chung (KOR): No. 144 ===========> No. 148 (Still just 24, the Korean has experienced quite a few waves of career so far. In April 2018 he jumped into the top 20. Since then injuries have meant his play has been in fits and starts. He has played just four matches this year – all of them losses, three of them in the last few weeks in Challengers in the Czech Republic.

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