ATP Rankings Report – April 30, 2018

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With his defense of the title in Barcelona, Rafael Nadal still holds a precarious 100-point lead over Roger Federer in the battle for the No. 1 ranking.

He has little margin for error again, in a week, when he defends his title at the Mutua Madrid Open.

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There’s an opportunity to put a bit of distance between then in Rome the week after that, as Nadal is “only” defending quarterfinalist’s points.

The Mallorcan now stands at 46 consecutive sets won on clay, and appeared as fresh in Sunday’s final as he did in his first-round match. He’ll have a week to rest the body for the back-to-back Masters 1000 tournaments.

There are no changes in the ATP Tour top 10 this Monday.

ON THE UPSWING

rankingsMilos Raonic (CAN): No. 21 ———> No. 20 (Raonic dropped out of the top 20 last November, as injuries kept him off the court. They still are, but Chung’s fall allows him to get back to that magic number).

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE): No. 63 ———> No. 44 (The Barcelona finalist reaches a career high. He’s just two spots and 22 points behind fellow 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, whom he defeated in Monte Carlo. It will be a Next Gen rivalry to watch).

Marco Cecchinato (ITA): No. 92 ———> No. 59 (The lucky loser goes all the way to the title in Budapest).

John Millman (AUS): No. 94 ———> No. 69 (The hard-working 28-year-old, unsung in a country with flashier male stars, is getting closer to his career best reached in 2016).

Malek Jaziri (TUN): No. 88 ———> No. 78

Martin Klizan (SVK): No. 140 ———> No. 122 (The win over Djokovic in Barcelona helped the Slovak move up. But after injury, he’s a long way from his career high of No. 24 – exactly three years ago).

Pablo Andujar (ESP): No. 153 ———> No. 122 (Won’t be long before Andujar overtakes his current protected ranking of No. 105).

Marc Polmans (AUS): No. 206 ———> No. 168 (The 20-year-old reaches the final at the Tallahassee Challenger, and a career high).

Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND): No. 260 ———> No. 176 (The unknown 28-year-old from India reached a career high and hit the top 200 for the first time after winning the $150,000 clay-court challenger in Anning, China last week. His first appearance in the rankings came nearly a decade ago).

Christopher Eubanks (USA): No. 246 ———> No. 184 (The 6-foot-7, 21-year-old American who left college early to try the tour won the Leon Challenger in Mexico last weekend to reach a career high. A year ago, he was ranked No. 638)

Noah Rubin (USA): No. 252 ———> No. 197 (The 22-year-old American won the Tallahassee Challenger after tuning up at a $15,000 Futures event in Florida the week before, losing the final there to a Chilean ranked No. 401).

ON THE DOWNSWING

rankingsLucas Pouille (FRA): No. 14 ———> No. 18 (Pouille hit the top 10 right after Indian Wells. But opening losses in Monte Carlo and Barcelona have him dropping with a thud).

Hyeon Chung (KOR): No. 19 ———> No. 22 (Chung drops out of the top 20 after passing on Barcelona because of an ankle problem. But he’s already in Munich and ready to go).

Andy Murray (GBR): No. 34 ———> No. 39 (Murray’s fall means he won’t be seeded at Wimbledon. And because he’s not in the top 32, the AELTC won’t consider his past grass-court results for seeding purposes, per their rules).

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA): No. 66———> No. 76

Ivo Karlovic (CRO): No. 75 ———> No. 83

Horacio Zeballos (ARG): No. 68 ———> No. 95 (The 33-year-old reaches the Barcelona semis a year ago, but couldn’t defend. He’s out next week as well, when he’s defending quarterfinal points from Munich, and will drop out of the top 100).

Bernard Tomic (AUS): No. 191 ———> No. 210 (The 25-year-old Aussie drops out of the top 200 for the first time since Feb. 2011, when he was just 18. A year ago, he was at No. 41. But he’s back this week, with a wild card into the Estoril tournament.

 

 

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