Tennis Channel's Court Report looks at the US Open's impact on the Emirates ATP Rankings.
With the US Open in the rear view and the Davis Cup semifinals on the immediate horizon, this week is an opportunity to look at what happened in New York, look what’s to come when ATP tournaments resume in full force, and look what it all means right now.
Closing Remarks: US Open
Rafael Nadal won the season's final major tournament, but his performance wasn't the only one we’ll remember from Flushing Meadows. Pablo Carreno Busta and Diego Schwartzman, to name just two players, experienced breakthroughs—and as a result, attained career-high rankings:
Tour veterans and #NextGenATP players alike enjoyed success in the city. Who can forget the play of teenagers Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov? If you needed a reminder, they're higher up the Emirates ATP Rankings ladder than ever before:
Other Emirates ATP Rankings notes:
—Kevin Anderson didn’t reach a career-high ranking with his runner-up finish, but he moved up 17 places to No. 15 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, and 11th in the Emirates ATP Race to London. With Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka out for the remainder of the season, Anderson is closing on on a Top 8 position, which is the barrier to entry for the Nitto ATP Finals. Anderson has never qualified for the season-ending tournament.
—Juan Martin del Potro zoomed up 22 spots in the Emirates ATP Race to London. The Argentine remains a longshot to qualify for London, but there's still plenty of ground to be gained in the fall.
—The biggest move upward in the Emirates ATP Rankings was Mikhail Kukushkin, who jumped 25 spots from No. 103 to No. 78.
—Daniel Evans (down eight spots to No. 82), Ivo Karlovic (down six spots to No. 67) and Andrey Kuznetsov (down six spots to No. 83) took the biggest rankings tumbles.
What’s Coming Up, and What's on the Line
Metz and St. Petersburg are of short-term importance to the Emirates ATP Race to London. But it's important to keep the big picture in mind, even with many Nitto ATP Finals contenders not scheduled to play until after those two events:
Metz (Moselle Open, 28 players, indoor hard)
Lucas Pouille: defending 250 points
Dominic Thiem: defending 150 points
Gilles Simon, David Goffin: defending 90 points
Gilles Muller, Nicolas Mahut, Julien Benneteau, Malek Jaziri: defending 45 points
St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Open, 28 players, indoor hard)
Alexander Zverev: defending 250 points
Stan Wawrinka: defending 150 points
Roberto Bautista Agut, Tomas Berdych: defending 90 points
Viktor Troicki, Paolo Lorenzi, Jaoa Sousa, Mikhail Youzhny: defending 45 points
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