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Ranking Reaction: Hurkacz breaks Top 20, Sakkari back in Top 20 too
Also on this week's ATP rankings, there’s a new American No. 1 after John Isner fell from No. 28 to No. 38—who took his place?
Published Apr 05, 2021
There are normally big changes on both sets of rankings after an event like Miami, an ATP Masters 1000 on the men’s side and a WTA 1000 on the women’s side. But with the men’s event particularly full of surprises this year, there was by far more noise made on the ATP rankings this week.
The loudest noise came from Hubert Hurkacz: having been stuck in the No. 28-37 range on the ATP rankings since August 2019, the 24-year-old jumped 21 spots from No. 37 to No. 16 after becoming the first Polish player ever to capture a Masters 1000 title—he also became the lowest-ranked player to win a Masters 1000 crown since a No. 50-ranked Tomas Berdych conquered Paris in 2005.
“I played some of the best tennis that I’ve ever played,” Hurkacz said. “I was able to get through each round and was even more pumped for the next round. I think that’s something special for me.
“Yeah, my tennis is getting better. I mean, we work hard with my coach, and super happy that it happened here. We still need to improve a couple of things and just try to get better each day.”
After beating four straight Top 20 players to get to the final—No. 11 Denis Shapovalov, No. 19 Milos Raonic, No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No.8 Andrey Rublev—Hurkacz beat No. 31 Jannik Sinner in the final, 7-6 (4), 6-4, and the 19-year-old Sinner also made a very notable jump on the ATP rankings this week, rising from No. 31 to No. 23, his Top 30 debut. He’s actually the only teenager in the Top 80.
“For me the main focus now is that what I showed in this tournament, that I improved from the last tournament,” Sinner said. “I still have to talk with my team why I lost, what they think, where we have to work. I like to see what they think, then we will decide which part of my game I have to improve. But I think that I have to improve on every single part of my game—physically, mentally, everything.
“Then we will see what’s coming.”
There were more notable moves a little further down the ATP rankings: Lloyd Harris made his Top 50 debut, rising from No. 52 to No. 50 after reaching the second round in Miami, having put himself within striking distance of the elite right before the event began, jumping from No. 81 to No. 52 after reaching the final of Dubai; and Sebastian Korda rose from No. 87 to a new high of No. 65 after reaching his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal in Miami, not just scoring his first Top 20 win over Fabio Fognini in the second round, but his first Top 10 win over Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round.
Elsewhere, Taylor Fritz became the new No. 1 American man, rising from No. 32 to No. 30 while John Isner fell from No. 28 to No. 38 after his finals points from 2019 dropped off. And the only change in the Top 10 was Roger Federer dipping from No. 6 to No. 7 after his points from winning the title in 2019 dropped off—Alexander Zverev, who lost his opener in Miami, inched up from No. 7 to No. 6.
Over on the WTA rankings, Bianca Andreescu—who went as high as No. 4 in 2019—rose from No. 9 to No. 6 after reaching the final of the 1000-level event, while Maria Sakkari, who snapped Naomi Osaka’s 23-match winning streak to reach the semifinals, rose from No. 25 to a new career-high of No. 19. And Sara Sorribes Tormo, who took out three Top 30 players to reach the biggest quarterfinal of her career, made her Top 50 debut this week, jumping 10 spots from No. 58 to No. 48.