Novak Djokovic headlines this week’s rankings update on the men’s side after the Serb claimed his 90th career title in Astana. It was a second title in two weeks after Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to complete another successful week for the Wimbledon champion. Although Djokovic stays at world number seven, the significant rankings update is that the former world number one has booked his place at the Nitto ATP Finals where he joins Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud, Carlos Alcaraz and Tsitsipas in Turin. Djokovic has momentum on his side heading into the showpiece event having not lost a match since Roland Garros.
As for Tsitsipas, it was a good week for the Greek having beaten the likes of Hubert Hurkacz and Andrey Rublev to get to the final in Astana. As a result, Tsitsipas climbs up one place to number five in the world as he looks to finish his turbulent season on a positive note. The other major ATP 500 event in Tokyo saw an all-American final between Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe which Fritz won. As a result Fritz is now a top ten player for the first time in his career, climbing to eight in the world while Tiafoe has jumped up two places to number 17 in the world.
In other ranking rises, Denis Shapovalov’s semi-final performance in Tokyo sees him back into the world’s top 20, climbing two places. While there were also ranking rises for Adrian Mannarino, David Goffin and Pedro Martinez. Mannarino climbed up seven places to number 44 in the world while Goffin and Martinez climbed up eight places to number 58 and 60 respectively.
As for the Brits Cameron Norrie dropped two places to ten in the world as he missed the ATP 500 event in Tokyo due to COVID. While Andy Murray and Jack Draper also suffered mini falls in the rankings but both remain inside the world’s top 50.
On the women’s side, it was Barbora Krejcikova who reigned supreme in her home country as she claimed the Ostrava title. Krejcikova managed to do what all those before her failed to do this season and that’s defeat Iga Swiatek in a final, winning a three hour epic in front of a partisan crowd. The Czech Republican’s title means she is back into the world’s top 15 as she climbed up nine places to 14 in the world and will now look to make a late surge towards the WTA Finals.
This week’s other winner was Elise Mertens, who was victorious in Monastir, Tunisia as she defeated Alize Cornet in the final. Mertens’ run to the title saw her move up six places to number 36 in the world as she looks to be seeded for next year’s Australian Open. As for Cornet, her impressive week sees a rise up the rankings by five places to 32 in the world as she is seemingly heading towards retirement at the end of the year.
There was no change to the top ten this week as the world’s elite continue to cement their place at the top of the women’s game. Other big rises up the rankings include Claire Liu climbing up nine place to 64 in the world, Tereza Martincova moving up eight places to number 70 and Tamara Zidansek moving up 13 places to 88 in the world rankings.
As for the Brits, Harriet Dart climbed up six places to world number 90 while Katie Swan’s ITF title in Trnava sees her move to 118 in the world. Emma Raducanu moved down one place in the rankings to 68 in the world as her season looks in jeopardy due to a wrist injury.
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