The big winner – and not only because he has the big trophy – is Aussie Nick Kyrgios.
The 24-year-old blazed through a top-shelf field that included Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka, and looked like a world beater all week long.
And, of course, he was … not boring.
Kyrgios’s effort zooms his ranking up to … Indian Wells seeding territory.
Meanwhile, that Federer fellow finally (these words are relative, when you’re 37 1/2) win his 100th ATP Tour title, with a week in Dubai that began a little slowly
But it ended in fine style with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
A number of young player (and a few not so young) reached career highs this week, with three ATP Tour events on the schedule and room to make moves.
ON THE UPSWING
Roger Federer (SUI): No. 7————> No. 4 (The century man gets his ranking back into the top five).
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE): No. 11 ————> No. 10 (A first trip to the top 10 for the Dubai finalist).
Gael Monfils (FRA): No. 23 ————> No. 19 (Back in the top 20 for the first time since July, 2017 after a semifinal effort in Dubai).
Kyle Edmund (GBR): No. 27 ————> No. 23 (A nice bump with a win at the Oracle Challenger).
Marton Fucsovics (HUN): No. 35 ————> No. 31 (A career high for the 27-year-old after reaching the Dubai quarterfinals).
Laslo Djere (SRB): No. 37————> No. 32 (Two straight great weeks in South America, and Djere rises from … somewhere down there, to a seed at Indian Wells with a wild card).
Nick Kyrgios (AUS): No. 72 ————> No. 33 (The Aussie’s title in Acapulco not only gives his ranking a huge boost, he also should be seeded and thus get a few extra days’ rest before kicking off his Indian Wells campaign).
Guido Pella (ARG): No. 48 ————> No. 34 (It’s been a long time coming for the 28-year-old, who reaches a career high by winning his first career ATP Tour title Sunday in Sao Paulo).
Cameron Norrie (GBR): No. 64————> No. 48 (The 23-year-old South African-born Brit reaches a career high after making the semis in Acapulco).
Felix Auger-Aliassime (XXX): No. 60 ————> No. 58 (Another career best after backing up the Rio final with a QF effort in Sao Paulo).
Hubert Hurkacz (POL): No. 77 ————> No. 67 (The 22-year-old reaches a career high after beating Kei Nishikori and making the quarters in Dubai).
Christian Garin (CHI): No. 92 ————> No. 72 (Another 22-year-old, this one from Chile, is also at a career high after making the Sao Paulo final).
Casper Ruud (NOR): No. 108 ————> No. 94 (Into the top 100, and a career best, for the 20-year-old Sao Paulo semifinalist.)
Daniel Evans (GBR): No. 105 ————> No. 100 (Two good weeks, and the Brit is back in the top 100. It’s been a long journey)
Soonwoo Kwon (KOR): No. 221 ————> No. 170 (The Korean, just 21, wins the Keio Challenger in Yokohama, Japan).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Marin Cilic (CRO): No. 10 ————> No. 11 (A year ago, Cilic was No. 3. He’s out of the top 10 for the first time since Oct. 2016)
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 18 ————> No. 22
Lucas Pouille (FRA): No. 22 ————> No. 30 (Pouille was a finalist in Dubai a year ago. This year, he’s only played one match since reaching the Australian Open semifinals).
Malek Jaziri (TUN): No. 45 ————> No. 60 (The 2018 Dubai semifinalist chose to go to South America this year, and won just one match in four tournaments).
Hyeon Chung (KOR): No. 53————> No. 63 (And now, the Korean is out of Indian Wells).
Nicolas Jarry (CHI): No. 67 ————> No. 86
Ryan Harrison (USA): No. 93 ————> No. 104 (The American is out of the top 100 for the first time since Oct. 2016).
Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 104 ————> No. 114 (Still on the shelf after a discectomy, Pospisil’s ranking is going in the wrong direction).
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS): No. 102 ————> No. 122