WIMBLEDON – It seemed but a flash in time. But in just a fortnight, Novak Djokovic is back in the top 10 after his “expect the unexpected” victory at Wimbledon.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal’s trip to the Wimbledon semifinals, and Roger Federer’s failure to defend his 2017 title mean that Nadal’s lead in the No. 1 spot is more than 2,200 points.
Of course, Nadal has his own title to defend at the U.S. Open later this summer. But it remains not an insubstantial margin given how they were so close to each other this spring.
Also worth noting that Djokovic jumped from No. 15 to No. 5 in the race to the year-end finals in London. And Kei Nishikori jumped from No. 18 to No. 10.
ON THE UPSWING
Kevin Anderson (RSA): No. 8 ————-> No. 5 (The Wimbledon finalist makes a notable leap into the top 5 for the first time).
John Isner (USA): No. 10 ————-> No. 8 (The American gets to a career high after his Wimbledon effort).
Novak Djokovic (SRB): No. 21 ————-> No. 10 (The longtime former No. 1 is back in the top 10).
Kei Nishikori (JPN): No. 28————-> No. 20 (Another leap by a former top player as the universe settles back into a bit of normalcy).
Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 32 ————-> No. 30
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE): No. 35————-> No. 32 (another career high for the 19-year-old).
Karen Khachanov (RUS): No. 40 ————-> No. 34
Gael Monfils (FRA): No. 44 ————-> No. 37
Gilles Simon (FRA): No. 53 ————-> No. 42
Frances Tiafoe (USA): No. 52 ————-> No. 45 (Career high for the American)
Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 80 ————-> No. 68 (Career high for the 19-year-old Aussie)
Jiri Vesely (CZE): No. 93 ————-> No. 73
Mackenzie McDonald (USA): No. 103 ————-> No. 80 (The 23-year-old American isn’t making a lot of noise, but he keeps moving up).
Ernests Gulbis (LAT): No. 138————-> No. 109 (The former top-10 player should be out of the Slam qualifying struggle in no time).
Jason Kubler (AUS): No. 147 ————-> No. 114 (Long restricted to clay-court tournaments because of his knee, the 25-year-old Aussie qualified at Wimbledon, and won the Winnipeg Challenger last week to reach a career high).
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 152 ————-> No. 144 (The 17-year-old reaches a career high as he tests his skills in the Umag ATP event this week).
Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 224 ————-> No. 199 (Going in the right direction, but it’s taking awhile).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Marin Cilic (CRO): No. 5 ————-> No. 7 (Last year’s Wimbledon finalist didn’t repeat. But it ended up not costing him too much).
Dominic Thiem (AUT): No. 7————-> No. 9
Sam Querrey (USA): No. 13 ————-> No. 28 (It shows you how much of Querrey’s resumé was based on last year’s Wimbledon result).
Benoit Paire (FRA): No. 47 ————-> No. 54
Tomas Berdych (CZE): No. 24 ————-> No. 59 (Aug. 2004 was the last time the 32-year-old Czech was this far down the list).
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA): No. 55 ————-> No. 64 (Knee rehab still ongoing)
Gilles Muller (LUX): No. 60 ————-> No. 95 (The 35-year-old has announced his imminent retirement)
Andy Murray (GBR): No. 149 ————-> No. 839 (The former No 1 drops 690 spots, and is now the 23rd-ranked player in his own country.