A day later than usual (No Wifi on the plane!), here are the players who made hay while the sun shined during the Wimbledon fortnight.
No change in the top seven, but Karen Khachanov moves to a career-best No. 8 by reaching the third round at the All-England Club, and despite the fact that his won-loss record this season is a pretty average 18-16.
Daniil Medvedev, who stands at 30-14 on the season, moves into the top 10 for the first time with his third-round effort. Medvedev lost a tough one, 7-5 in the fifth set, to David Goffin.
Fabio Fognini betters his career high by one, moving to No. 9.
Some of that was due to the fact that Kevin Anderson, who has been battling an elbow injury, wasn’t able to defend last year’s Wimbledon final. He had a good draw, though, and did make the third round. He’s 11-4 on the season – but his season has barely begun.
Anderson was out from Miami, right through to Queen’s Club two weeks before Wimbledon.
ON THE UPSWING
Karen Khachanov (RUS): No. 9 ============> No. 8
Daniil Medvedev (RUS): No. 13 ============> No. 10 (Welcome to the top 10. That makes two Russians there).
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP): No. 22 ============> No. 13 (with his impressive run at Wimbledon, the 31-year-old ties his career high of No. 13, reached in Oct. 2016).
David Goffin (BEL): No. 23 ============> No. 18 (Back in the top 20 after a renaissance at Wimbledon.
Fernando Verdasco (ESP): No. 37 ============> No. 26 (Verdasco’s fourth-round Wimbledon result pays dividends).
Benoit Paire (FRA): No. 32 ============> No. 28
Sam Querrey (USA): No. 65 ============> No. 39 (The 31-year-old American is not the No. 65 player in the world on principle, so his Wimbledon gets him closer to where he should be).
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ): No. 58============> No. 45 (Making the second week at Wimbledon, which included a five-set win over John Isner in the second round, improves Kukushkin’s bottom line).
Ugo Humbert (FRA): No. 66 ============> No. 48 (Into the top 50 for the first time, by reaching the second week at Wimbledon).
Daniel Evans (GBR): No. 61 ============> No. 55 (It’s been a long comeback for the 29-year-old Brit, whose career high was No. 41 back in March, 2017).
Joao Sousa (POR): No. 69 ============> No. 56 (His second-week performance at Wimbledon was historic for Portuguese tennis, and his five-set win over Daniel Evans one of the best matches in the tournament).
Reilly Opelka (USA): No. 63============> No. 57
Nicolas Jarry (CHI): No. 75 ============> No. 64
Tennys Sandgren (USA): No. 94 ============> No. 72 (After a drop, the American is back on the rise).
Thiago Monteiro (BRA): No. 113============> No. 88 (A big jump for the 25-year-old Brazilian, who qualified at Wimbledon, lost in the first round to Kei Nishikori, and went to Germany and won a clay Challenger in Sparkassen.
Alexei Popyrin: (AUS): No. 101 ============> No. 91 (The 19-year-old becomes the 3rd teenager into the top 100 after Auger-Aliassime and Kecmanovic, as he reaches a career high in qualifying, and reaching the second round at Wimbledon).
Brayden Schnur (CAN): No. 112============> No. 97 (Welcome to the top 100, as Schnur reaches the final of the Winnipeg Challenger and all but assures he’ll be straight into the US Open main draw).
Denis Kudla (USA): No. 111 ============> No. 100 (A good grass-court player, the 26-year-old played five weeks on grass, but still dropped from No. 81 before he started. He went from the qualifying to the semis in Halle a year ago, so there was a lot to defend).
Tommy Paul (USA): No. 134 ============> No. 129 (He lost in the final round of Wimbledon qualifying, but the 22-year-old American is still at a career high).
Steve Darcis (BEL): No. 221============> No. 195 (The 35-year-old Belgian can be on his top-100 protected ranking for awhile, but this at least gets him back into the top 200 in real life).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG): No. 11 ============> No. 12 (The Argentine hurt his knee again and had surgery, but he hasn’t yet pulled out of Los Cabos, Montreal or Cincinnati. That’s being optimistic, though).
Kevin Anderson (RSA): No. 8 ============> No. 11 (Anderson drops out of the top 10 after being unable to fully defend last year’s Wimbledon result. But if he’s healthy again, he can make a run this summer).
Gael Monfils (FRA): No. 15 ============> No. 19 (La Monf’s ranking drops. But on the plus side, his split with Elina Svitolina was short-lived).
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 21 ============> No. 23 (It’s the first time Auger-Aliassime has actually dropped in the rankings since making his first big move in Rio in February . A year ago, he made the semifinals of a Challenger in Marburg, Germany the second week of Wimbledon).
Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 27 ============> No. 29 (The dirt and grass season wasn’t what he’d hoped for, so Shapovalov will gear up for a good summer swing).
Gilles Simon (FRA): No. 25 ============> No. 31
Feliciano Lopez (ESP): No. 54 ============> No. 59 (Believe it or not, Lopez was playing … World Team Tennis this past weekend).
Adrian Mannarino (FRA): No. 42============> No. 62
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER): No. 57 ============> No. 69 (Tough draw for the 35-year-old, as he met Novak Djokovic in the first round at Wimbledon).
Mackenzie McDonald (USA): No. 70 ============> No. 96 (The 24-year-old American hasn’t won a match since Barcelona in April, and hasn’t played since losing in five sets in the first round at the French Open. He had surgery on right hamstring in June).
Bernard Tomic (AUS): No. 96 ============> No. 103 (Tomic lost after being way up at the Winnipeg Challenger a year ago, and lost in the first round of Newport this week. He’s in an uphill battle to avoid the US Open qualifying).
Matthew Ebden (AUS): No. 95 ============> No. 110X
Dennis Novak (AUT): No. 104============> No. 121
Ernests Gulbis (LAT): No. 92 ============> No. 131 (Gulbis lost in the first round of the French Open in straight sets to Casper Ruud, and in the first round of all four-grass-court tournaments he played. Since Rotterdam in February, he has won just one match – in the first round in Geneva against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan. He even dropped his first-round match in Antalya to Turkish wild card Altug Celikbilek, No. 443. The majority of those losses have been in straight sets, too).
The Wimbledon champions, who made history for Colombia, are now the No. 1-ranked doubles players in the world in the individual rankings, and also remain the No. 1 team on the road to London.
Nicolas Mahut stands at No. 8 in the race to London with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and at No. 16 after just two tournaments together with Edouard Roger-Vasselin after they reached the Wimbledon final.
The road to London
Novak Djokovic takes over the No. 1 spot, although it’s a moot points as both he and Rafael Nadal have now officially qualified for the year-end championships.
Roberto Bautista-Agut makes a nice move into contention.