ATP Rankings Report – June 25, 2018

Rafael Nadal lost the No. 1 ranking while idle as Roger Federer won Stuttgart.

He regained the No. 1 ranking while idle as Federer failed to defend his title in Halle.

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Federer almost defended, despite having a bit of a tetchy week. But he didn’t. And Borna Coric won the Gerry Weber Open. So now, Nadal is ahead by 50 little points, with Federer having the Wimbledon title to defend.

It won’t make much difference in terms of the seeding at Wimbledon, though. The 32 seeded players are rejigged per a weighted system of grass-court results over the last few years.

Which means Milos Raonic’s ability to (barely) squeeze into the top 32 will prove huge. Because the way it looks, he’ll be seeded well into the top 16.

Federer will sit atop the drawsheet.

ON THE UPSWING

rankingsRafael Nadal (ESP): No. 2 ———-> No. 1

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 16 ———-> No. 14

Novak Djokovic (SRB): No. 22 ———-> No. 17 (Djokovic’s finals appearance at Queen’s as a wild card gets him back into the top 20, and with five players ahead of him by 180 points or less.

Nick Kyrgios (AUS): No. 21 ———-> No. 19

Borna Coric (CRO): No. 34 ———-> No. 21 (A career high for the Halle champ, who has made solid stride this year with the former “Team Raonic”).

Jeremy Chardy (FRA): No. 61———-> No. 46 (The 31-year-old is having a great grass-court season. He’s back in the top 50 for the first time in nearly two years.

Matthew Ebden (AUS): No. 60 ———-> No. 51 (The 30-year-old reaches a career high a 10-3 run on the grass).

Frances Tiafoe (USA): No. 62 ———-> No. 52 (He’s been under the radar, but two good wins at Queen’s Club launch him to a career-high ranking).

rankingsDenis Kudla (USA): No. 109 ———-> No. 83 (He’s still 30 spots off a career high reached in May, 2016. But his work on grass earned him a main-draw pass at Wimbledon).

Nicolas Kicker (ARG): No. 100 ———-> No. 98 (The Argentine is up two spots, despite starting to serve a six-year suspension for match-fixing. Hopefully he won’t be on rankings watch; that would be too depressing).

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR): No. 140 ———-> No. 109 (Stakhovky did get a Wimbledon singles wild card, after winning Ilkley).

Peter Polansky (CAN): No. 112 ———-> No. 110 (Polansky had a shot at finally breaking into the top 100 this week at Ilkley – and maybe a main draw wild card at Wimbledon – if he won the tournament. He didn’t, but this is still a career high).

Jozef Kovalik (SVK): No. 150 ———-> No. 117 (Poprad Tatry Challenger champion).

Michael Mmoh (USA): No. 133 ———-> No. 119 (Career high for the 20-year-old after reaching the Ilkley semifinals).

Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 172 ———-> No. 151 (The 17-year-old defended one Challenger title and then reached the final in Blois last week. It’s a career high).

ON THE DOWNSWING

rankingsRoger Federer (SUI): No. 1 ———-> No. 2

Hyeon Chung (KOR): No. 20 ———-> No. 22

Tomas Berdych (CZE): No. 19 ———-> No. 23

Denis Shapovalov (CAN:) No. 23 ———-> No. 26

Marton Fucsovics (HUN): No. 45 ———-> No. 50

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA): No. 51 ———-> No. 55

Gilles Muller (LUX): No. 46 ———-> No. 60 (A year ago, the now 35-year-old beat Nadal 15-13 in the fifth at Wimbledon, and took eventual finalist Marin Cilic to five sets in the quarterfinals to jump to No. 22 in the world. It’s not gone quite so well in 2018).

Feliciano Lopez (ESP): No. 37 ———-> No. 70 (Lopez was the defending champion at Queen’s Club).

Federico Delbonis (ARG): No. 71 ———-> No. 81

Viktor Troicki (SRB): No. 89 ———-> No. 97

(Go to the ATP Tour’s website for the full rankings picture).

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