ATP Tour Rankings – May 14, 2018

While Roger Federer is living the life of Riley in Dubai, preparing for the grass-court season as the rest of the Tour toils on the dirt, he got a rankings gift on Monday.

The 36-year-old is back in the No. 1 spot.

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It was always likely to happen during the clay-court season, as rival Rafael Nadal had such a high standard to defend from a year ago.

And so when Nadal was beaten by Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of Madrid – after winning the tournament in 2017 – the deed was done.

Federer is now 720 points ahead.

Nadal, the top seed in Rome, was a quarterfinalist there last year, out of gas after Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. 

He’s dropping 180 points. To get the No. 1 spot back, he would have to win Rome and earn those 1,000 points. He would then squeeze past Federer and back into the No. 1 spot in the rankings by 100 points going into Paris.

ON THE UPSWING

rankingsKevin Anderson (RSA): No. 8 ———-> No. 7 (Career high for the 31-year-old transplanted South African).

Lucas Pouille (FRA): No. 18———-> No. 16 (The French No. 1 has hardly won a match for awhile, but he moves up two because of the struggles of Djokovic and Berdych).

Kyle Edmund (GBR): No. 22 ———-> No. 19 (The British No. 1 joins the top 20 after his Madrid semifinal).

Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 43———> No. 29 (Welcome to the top 30, and a seeded spot in Paris).

Steve Johnson (USA): No. 55 ———-> No. 48 (Back into the top 50 without doing a single thing).

John Millman (AUS): No. 70———-> No. 58 (The unsung Aussie is at a career high after beating more highly-touted countryman Bernard Tomic in the Aix-en-Provence final).

Dusan Lajovic (SRB): No. 95 ———-> No. 66 (The 27-year-old Serb is close to a career high reached 3 1/2 years ago, after going from the qualifying to the quarters in Madrid and beating the likes of Richard Gasquet and Juan Martin del Potro along the way).

Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 88 ———> No. 78 (The Canadian is holding his own, working for points on the Asian Challenger circuit).

Bernard Tomic (AUS): No. 243 ———-> No. 191 (Has the resurrection begun? Tomic reaches the Aix-en-Provence Challenger final).

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN): No. 362——–> No. 262 (From the qualifying to the title at the Gimcheon Challenger, the 22-year-old lefty was ranked No. 58 a year ago before tearing his ACL and is on the comeback trail).

 

ON THE DOWNSWING

rankingsNovak Djokovic (SRB): No. 12 ———-> No. 18 (The drop is going to hurt Djokovic’s seeding in Paris, although if he can raise his level somewhere close to its best, that won’t matter).

Kei Nishikori (JPN): No. 20 ———-> No. 24

Borna Coric (CRO): No. 35———-> No. 40

Andy Murray (GBR): No. 39———-> No. 45 (When’s he coming back? Still a question mark).

Frances Tiafoe (USA): No. 56 ———-> No. 63

Pablo Cuevas (URU): No. 57 ———-> No. 71 (The 32-year-old was a semifinalist in Madrid a  year ago).

Jeremy Chardy (FRA): No. 74———> No. 89

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA): No. 76 ———-> No. 90

Ernesto Escobedo (USA): No. 151 ———-> No. 162

Reilly Opelka (USA): No. 169 ———-> No. 206

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA): No. 221 ———> No. 249

For the full ATP Tour rankings picture, including the race to London, click here).

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