Karen Khachanov was the only top-10 player in action last week, at his hometown Moscow event.
His fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev, with a burst of common sense, wisely decided to take a week’s break.
The world No. 4 will gear up for a busy end of season that includes his first participation in the ATP Tour Finals in London.
Newlywed Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are not in action this week; they have an exhibition planned in Kazakstan at week’s end.
But they should return for the Paris Masters, and then the ATP Tour Finals.
But Roger Federer will play – he’ll be in action first up in Basel, Monday night against Peter Gojowczyk.
ON THE UPSWING
Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 18 =========> No. 17 (Wawrinka climbs a spot by making the Antwerp final. With all the knee woes, he hasn’t won a title since Geneva in 2017, and this was his first final since Rotterdam in February 2019. So nothing but positives. And anything else he can do this season is a bonus).
Andrey Rublev (RUS): No. 31 =========> No. 22 (The 22-year-old Russian is all the way back from back woes – and more. A career high as he wins the Moscow tournament).
Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 34 =========> No. 27 (After failing to get past the semifinal stage seven times, the Canadian reaches his first ATP Tour final – and wins it in Stockholm).
Filip Krajinovic (SRB): No. 60 =========> No. 46 (The Serb had no answers for Shapovalov’s serving Sunday in Stockholm. But he still makes a nice leap in the rankings).
Frances Tiafoe (USA): No. 53 =========> No. 48 (Back in the top 50 after making the Antwerp quarterfinals)
Ugo Humbert (FRA): No. 70 =========> No. 63 (The Frenchman helps his case for Milan with a semifinal effort in Antwerp).
Marius Copil (ROU): No. 92 =========> No. 82 (A good week for the Romanian in Antwerp, as he qualifies and reaches the quarterfinals)
Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN): No. 108 =========> No. 87 (A career high of No. 108 last week is superseded by a new career high this week, as the 27-year-old wins the Ningbo Challenger)
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP): No. 101 =========> No. 93 (The 20-year-old puts himself in good position for direct entry into a Grand Slam singles draw for the first time, with a new career high).
Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 119 =========> No. 101 (Just turned 18, the Italian, who has a wild card into Basel this week, gets to the Antwerp semis and reaches a new career high. As the Italian wild card into the Next Gen Finals – one who fully deserves it – he could make more noise).
Yuichi Sugita (JPN): No. 129 =========> No. 107 (A semifinalist in Stockholm)
Andy Murray (GBR): No. 243 =========> No. 127 (Murray will now take a break – until the Davis Cup finals – at home, where he and wife Kim are expecting their third child any second. But what a great moment in Antwerp Sunday as he won the title over Wawrinka. Imagine if she’d gone into labour at some point during the week!)
Steven Diez (CAN): No. 156 =========> No. 136 (The Ningbo Challenger finalist, who almost quit the game a year ago, finds himself at another career high this week).
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Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 191 =========> No. 168 (Pospisil might have jumped even more, but for the quarterfinal points he was defending from a year ago in Antwerp. Still, a super week, with a couple more Challenges to do to bump it up even more. Before Shanghai, he was at No. 248).
Maxime Cressy (FRA): No. 214 =========> No. 180 (A career high for the French-Southern Californian, after reaching the Ismaning Challenger final).
Lukas Lacko (SVK): No. 239 =========> No. 192 (The 31-year-old from Slovakia is not done yet, as he slides back into the top 200 after winning the Ismaning Challenger. It’s not as though Lacko hasn’t been playing – this is his 23rd tournament of the season. A year ago, he was at No. 77. His career best No. 44 came in 2013).
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB): No. 251 =========> No. 219 (It’s a career wrap for the 35-year-old, a walking advertisement for the operating table and the wonders of will. He went out with everything he had, in the quarters of Stockholm).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Karen Khachanov (RUS): No. 8 =========> No. 9 (His quarterfinal effort in Moscow cost him a spot in the rankings).
Kyle Edmund (GBR): No. 55 =========> No. 75 (Not many players looking forward to the off-season more than Edmund, who lost in the first round of Antwerp qualifying – as the top seed).
Ivo Karlovic (CRO): No. 87 =========> No. 102 (A year ago, the then-39-year-old was on the U.S. Challenger circuit, hustling to get into the top 100 and the Oz Open main draw. This year, after losing in the first round of qualifying in Basel, he will be on the bubble).
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA): No. 89 =========> No. 111
Ernests Gulbis (LAT): No. 134 =========> No. 196 (As Gulbis lost in the first round of qualifying in Stockholm – the site of some adventures back in the day – you wonder if the 31-year-old will have the stubbornness to return in 2020 and try to turn things around).
Road to London
Nine players with just over 1,000 points separating them, from No. 7 Zverev on down. With 1,500 points on offer the next two weeks. Who will make their move?
Road to Milan
You wouldn’t expect Stefanos Tsitsipas to show, given he has the ATP Tour Finals the next week. But de Minaur and Shapovalov are gaining some ground against Félix Auger-Aliassime.
Four in the top 100, seven in the top 200. Not too bad at all.
A total of 16 in the top 200 (half of them 25 and younger, with three more 23-year-olds just outside), and five in the top 50.