A special Monday for more than one. Three players who shone last week now saw their joys and successes reflected in the world rankings. Russian Aslan Karatsev, surprise ATP 500 champion from Dubai, broke into the ATP Top 30 for the first time, reaching the highest level.
Karatsev grew very much in just three months. The great impact was made at the Australian Open last month, after passing the qualifying phase and making his way to the semifinals, where it was only there that he was stopped by the Serbian Novak Djokovic, current No. 1 in the world.
The Russian once again surprised locals and strangers, thanks to his determination and the power of his game, by crowning himself champion in his first ATP final. He did it in Dubai, on hard surface, his favorite, where he received a special invitation and thus climbed 15 places and ranked 27th in the world.
The biggest rise in the top 100 was for South African Lloyd Harris, who passed qualifying in Dubai and climbed to the final. There he lost to Karatsev, but his great task in that tournament made it easier for him to climb 29 places and finish 52 °, his best position in the ranking, as was the case with the Russian.
The other who celebrated a lot was the Italian Lorenzo Musetti, semifinalist of the other ATP 500 of the last week, in Acapulco. The 19-year-old climbed 26 places and is now ranked No. 94 in the world rankings.
In the elite, Djokovic continues to lead, with Russian Daniil Medvedev as guard, after having displaced Spanish Rafael Nadal as No. 2 last Monday. Among Latin Americans, the best continues to be Argentine Diego Schwartzman, No. 9, quickly eliminated in Acapulco, against Musetti.
ATP WORLD RANKING:
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) (=) 12,008 points
2. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) (=) 9,940
3. Rafael Nadal (ESP) (=) 9,670
4. Dominic Thiem (AUT) (=) 8.625
5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) (=) 6,950
6. Roger Federer (SUI) (=) 6.375
7. Alexander Zverev (GER) (=) 6.070
8. Andrey Rublev (RUS) (=) 5.101
9. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) (=) 3,640
10. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) (=) 3.453
THE OTHER LATIN AMERICANS IN THE TOP 100:
20. Cristian Garin (CHI) (=) 2.385
48. Guido Pella (ARG) (=) 1,288
73. Pablo Cuevas (URU) (-1) 972
76. Thiago Monteiro (BRA) (-1) 954
80. Federico Delbonis (ARG) (-1) 906
84. Federico Coria (ARG) (-1) 878
92. Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) (-1) 832