Six of the top 10 players took part in the Monte Carlo Masters last week.
But it didn’t do much to change the rankings at the top.
The idle Kevin Anderson moved up to No. 6 and now sits 425 points ahead of Kei Nishikori, who dropped one spot to No. 7.
You reach the final one year, as Nishikori did in 2018, beating No. 3 Marin Cilic and No. 4 Alexander Zverev in back-to-back three-setters before losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.
But then, after a first-round bye, you lose your opening match the following year, and you kiss 590 points goodbye.
It was champion Fabio Fognini who made the biggest jump in the top ranks. He went from No. 18 with a 4-8 record on the season to the champion of the biggest title of his career in the space of five victories.
Now, he sits at No. 12 – a career high.
ON THE UPSWING
Kevin Anderson (RSA): No. 7 =========> No. 6
Fabio Fognini (ITA): No. 18 =========> No. 12 (Fognini is only five points behind Cilic at No. 11).
Dusan Lajovic (SRB): No. 48 =========> No. 24 (The unseeded Monte Carlo semifinalist, age 28, cut his ranking exactly in half. He goes to a career high, and gives himself a cushion with 350 points to defend in the leadup to Roland Garros, including a quarterfinal out of the qualifying in Madrid last year, and a semi in Lyon).
Guido Pella (ARG): No. 35 =========> No. 28 (Another 28-year-old veteran reaches a career high – matching his age – with his quarterfinal effort in Monte Carlo. Unlike Lajovic, he has little to defend, so he looks good for a seed in Paris, which he thoroughly deserves as well as he’s playing).
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 33 =========> No. 31 (The 18-year-old Canadian was squeezed out of the top 30 by the efforts from Lajovic and Pella. Still, he’s at another career high and can aspire to a seed in Paris).
Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 34 =========> No. 32 (The comeback is slow, but at least it’s going in the right direction).
Cameron Norrie (GBR): No. 56 =========> No. 45 (A career high for the 23-year-old after reaching the third round in Monaco).
Jaume Munar (ESP): No. 61 =========> No. 57 (A career best for the 21-year-old, who trains at the Nadal Academy in Mallorca).
Taylor Fritz (USA): No. 65 =========> No. 58
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA): No. 96 =========> No. 66 (The 23-year-old Italian from Turin hits a career high after going from the qualies to the quarters in Monte Carlo. He posted wins over Seppi, Khachanov and Norrie before losing to Lajovic. Two years ago this week he was at No. 346. A year ago, at No. 159).
Pablo Cuevas (URU): No. 81 =========> No. 73
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA): No. 102 =========> No. 99 (Finally back in the top 100)
Tommy Paul (USA): No. 204 =========> No. 158 (The 21-year-old American wins the Sarasota Challenger).
Jay Clarke (GBR): No. 211 =========> No. 161 (The 20-year-old Brit wins the big Challenger in Anning, China and jumps to a career best).
Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI): No. 351 =========> No. 281 (The Swiss, 22, makes a big jump after winning the Challenger in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
ON THE DOWNSWING
Kei Nishikori (JPN): No. 6 =========> No. 7
Borna Coric (CRO): No. 13 =========> No. 15
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP): No. 27 =========> No. 29 (On the plus side, the Spaniard looks back in action this week in Barcelona, after being out since retiring in a first-round match in Cordobá in early February).
Richard Gasquet (FRA): No. 30 =========> No. 38 (The Frenchman still hasn’t returned after having hernia surgery in January).
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 28 =========> No. 43 (It’s the first time out of the top 40 for the Bulgarian since Feb. 2013).
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER): No. 44 =========> No. 51
Andreas Seppi (ITA): No. 46 =========> No. 62
Bernard Tomic (AUS): No. 73 =========> No. 77
Hugo Dellien (BOL): No. 75 =========> No. 92
Mischa Zverev (GER): No. 77 =========> No. 96 (It’s been a REALLY tough year for the elder Zverev, even as his younger brother also is having some issues).
Guido Andreozzi (ARG): No. 84 =========> No. 97
Tomas Berdych (CZE): No. 98 =========> No. 101 (Berdych, who pulled out of Monte Carlo, is out of the top 100 for the first time since Jan. 19 … 2004).
This week’s winners
Monte Carlo Masters
Singles:  Fabio Fognini (ITA) def. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 63 64
Doubles:  Nikola Mektic / Franko Skugor (CRO) def. Robin Haase / Wesley Koolhof (NED) 67 (3) 76 (3) [11-9]
Kumming Open (Anning, China – Challenger)
Singles:  Jay Clarke (GBR) def.  Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) 64 63
Doubles:  Max Purcell / Luke Saville (AUS) def. David Pel (NED) / Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) 46 75 [10-5]
Sarasota Open (Sarasota, Fla.- Challenger)
Singles:  Tommy Paul (USA) def.  Tennys Sandgren (USA) 63 64
Doubles: Martin Cuevas (URU) / Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) def.  Luke Bambridge / Jonny O’Mara (GBR) 76 (5) 76 (6)
San Luis Open (San Luis Potosi, Mexico – Challenger)
Singles: Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI) def.  Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (ESP) 75 76 (3)
Doubles:  Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) / Miguel Angel Reyes Varela (MEX) def. Ariel Behar (ISR) / Roberto Quiroz (ECU) 16 64 [12-10]
Race to London Update
Who rockets up from the depths to be in – VERY EARLY – contention for the ATP Tour Finals? Fabio Fognini, that’s who.
As well, Novak Djokovic takes back the No. 1 in the race to London from Roger Federer.
Race to Milan Update
A 20-year-old Brit wins a big a Challenger in China and suddenly is knocking on the door of the top 10.
If you thought Félix Auger-Aliassime’s total of 11 tournaments was a lot – look down at the latter part of the top 10 and see how much those players have put in already.