NEW YORK – The last Grand Slam tournament of the season is done.
And all seems right with the ATP, because US Open champion Novak Djokovic is officially back in the “Big 3” – at least where the rankings are concerned.
The 31-year-old Serb had climbed steadily through the summer, with victories at Wimbledon and in Cincinnati.
But those last few steps are the steepest. But with no points to defend after he missed the tournament a year ago, he adds 2,000 points to his total.
And with that, he leaps past both finalist Juan Martin del Potro (whom he bumped down to No. 4), Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic, with whom he was technically tied going in.
ON THE UPSWING
Novak Djokovic (SRB): No. 6 ———> No. 3
Kei Nishikori (JPN): No. 19 ———> No. 12
Borna Coric (CRO): No. 20 ———> No. 18 (A new career high for the 21-year-old from Croatia).
Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 24 ———> No. 20 (Back in the top 20)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS): No. 30 ———> No. 27
John Millman (AUS): No. 55 ———> No. 37 (A career high for the 29-year-old, who had a tremendous tournament including a win over Roger Federer).
Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 45 ———> No. 38 (A career best fo the 19-year-old, who impressed in defeat against Cilic)
Joao Sousa (POR): No. 68 ———> No. 49
Taylor Fritz (USA): No. 74 ———> No. 65
Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 101——–> No. 88 (Finally back in the top 100)
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA): No. 121 ———> No. 90 (A busy fortnight for the 23-year-old Italian who lost in the last round of qualifying, reached the second round as a lucky loser – and then went to Genova and won a Challenger to reach a career high and leap into the top 100).
Hubert Hurkacz (POL): No. 109 ———> No. 96 (The top-100 and a career high for the 21-year-old from Poland, who had a similar itinerary to that of Sonego but did quality, and lost in the Genova quarters).
Ugo Humbert (FRA): No. 139 ———> No. 104 (The young French lefty had a good two weeks, and won a Challenger in Cassis Sunday).
Peter Polansky (CAN): No. 119 ———> No. 112 (With eight tournaments left, can he get into the top 100?)
Noah Rubin (USA): No. 135 ———> No. 127 (New career high for the kid from Long Island).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Kevin Anderson (RSA): No. 4 ———> No. 9
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP): No. 12 ———> No. 21
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 22 ———> No. 26
Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 28 ———> No. 34 (Out of the top 30 but still, given all he had to defend, he came out of the summer pretty well).
Leonardo Mayer (ARG): No. 43 ———> No. 53 (One of the early casualties of the heat)
Denis Istomin (UZB): No. 76 ———> No. 60 (He lost in the first round in New York, after a too-quick turnaround from the Asian Games. But he made up for it by winning the Chicago Challenger).
Sam Querrey (USA): No. 35 ———> No. 61 (A first-round loss that hurt).
Mischa Zverev (GER): No. 48 ———> No. 64
Andrey Rublev (RUS): No. 38 ———> No. 71 (Another first-round casualty that takes a hit).
Feliciano Lopez (ESP): No. 63 ———> No. 74
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR): No. 86 ———> No. 114 (He’s on the shelf after surgery, so this will be the norm).
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN: No. 117———> No. 136 (Despite qualifying for his first major, he drops 19 spots).
Ernests Gulbis (LAT): No. 130 ———> No. 146
Nicolas Mahut (FRA): No. 131 ———> No. 150
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