Some nice moves from David Goffin and Feliciano Lopez, as their efforts in the 500-level tournaments at Queen’s Club and in Halle pay off.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime holds firm at No. 21.
He had some big Challenger clay-court results to defend the last two weeks. And despite it being his first turn at the grass, he did that with a final in Stuttgart and a semifinal at Queen’s Club.
Had Auger-Aliassime won at Queen’s, he would have leaped past Milos Raonic and become the No. 1 Canadian.
Considering he was at No. 5 a year ago – behind Raonic, Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil and Peter Polansky – that would have been quite a feat. His season so far already is quite a feat.
Also notable: Andy Murray’s doubles ranking moves from … infinity to No. 148 with his title at Queen’s. Lopez rises from No. 85 to No. 57 – almost erasing the hit it took after going from the semis in 2018 to the second round in 2019 in Paris.
ON THE UPSWING
Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 18 ==========> No. 17 (Raonic came close to beating Lopez and – who knows? – going all the way at Queen’s Club. But despite back concerns, he moves up a spot).
Matteo Berrettini (ITA): No. 22 ==========> No. 20 (This spring’s Italian revelation gets into the top 20. A year ago, he had just jumped into the top 100).
David Goffin (BEL): No. 33 ==========> No. 23 (The Belgian reached the Halle final and improves his lot considerably).
Gilles Simon (FRA): No. 38 ==========> No. 25 (That the Frenchman could smile after losing to Lopez in the Queen’s Club final was impressive, as a series of marathon matches puts him back inside the top 25).
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA): No. 43 ==========> No. 38 (Another rise in the rankings for Herbert, who also snagged a doubles partner at Wimbledon named … Andy Murray).
Richard Gasquet (FRA): No. 54 ==========> No. 46
Feliciano Lopez (ESP): No. 113 ==========> No. 53 (His performance at Queen’s Club – winning the singles and doubles – was an ironman effort. Especially given the rain delays early in the week. And it helped get him a main-draw wild card for Wimbledon. Otherwise, with his ranking at the cutoff, he could have had to hit Roehampton for a tournament he’d played 17 straight years without having to qualify, at which he’s reached the quarterfinals three times).
Steve Johnson (USA): No. 76 ==========> No. 69
Dennis Novak (AUT): No. 117 ==========> No. 104 (The 25-year-old Austrian reaches a career high after making the final of the Ilkley Challenger last week).
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP): No. 139 ==========> No. 138 (The 34-year-old hasn’t played since a Challenger in Korea in early May, but he still got a wild card into the Wimbledon main draw. The reason was revealed Monday, as the Cypriot announced it would be his career finale).
Nicolas Mahut (FRA): No. 191 ==========> No. 145 (Another 37-year-old who had a good week last week – but still not enough to earn him a Wimbledon WC as he’ll have to slog through the qualifying).
Tommy Robredo (ESP): No. 216 ==========> No. 174 (Yes, another 37-year-old. Robredo won the Parma Challenger on clay).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Marin Cilic (CRO): No. 15 ==========> No. 18 (The Croat is not going to look back at 2019 with fondness, even though it’s barely half over and there’s still time).
Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 25 ==========> No. 27 (He’s treading water, if only just, after going 2-8 since making the semifinals in Miami).
Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 26 ==========> No. 29 (It’s been a quiet spring for the young Aussie, who missed some time due to injury).
Nick Kyrgios (AUS): No. 39 ==========> No. 43 (He remains an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. And the $17,500 in fines he picked up at Queen’s Club cut the €28,620 he earned there in half).
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 45 ==========> No. 48 (A first-round loss to Auger-Aliassime in London didn’t help).
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER): No. 50 ==========> No. 57
Robin Haase (NED): No. 66 ==========> No. 73
Sam Querrey (USA): No. 68 ==========> No. 79
Jérémy Chardy (FRA): No. 65 ==========> No. 81 (The 32-year-old made the semis at Queen’s a year ago. This year, he lost a third-set tiebreak to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Given he was a finalist at ‘s-Hertogenbosch last year and didn’t play this year, his ranking has dropped 40 spots from the start of the French Open).
Matthew Ebden (AUS): No. 80 ==========> No. 91
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA): No. 96 ==========> No. 107 (The Italian is skipping Wimbledon qualifying this week and playing a clay-court Challenger in Milan).
Denis Kudla (USA): No. 79 ==========> No. 113 (The American lost in Halle qualifying this year, after going from the qualifying to the semis a year ago (beating Pella and Basilashvili in qualies, and Tsitsipas along the way before Roger Federer beat him in two right sets).
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR): No. 123 ==========> No. 139
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