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Ranking Reaction: Schwartzman, Rublev break Top 10; Swiatek soars
After every Grand Slam there’s a lot of movement on the new rankings, and following a Roland Garros full of surprises, this time is no different.
Published Oct 12, 2020
After a Roland Garros full of surprises, the new ATP and WTA rankings were full of movement—most notably two players who’ve been knocking on the door of the Top 10 finally stepping inside.
Diego Schwartzman, who had reached his previous career-high of No. 11 in 2018 and had been hovering in the No. 13-16 range for the last 13 months, finally took it to the next level after reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal at Roland Garros, rising from No. 14 to No.8 to make his Top 10 debut.
And Andrey Rublev, who broke the Top 20 in January and had been inside the Top 15 since February, made his Top 10 debut as well, rising from No. 12 to No. 10 after reaching the quarterfinals in Paris.
The two bumped Gael Monfils and Roberto Bautista Agut out of the elite group.
“I feel great. I feel great about my performance for the last couple of weeks, and in general with my season. I’m really grateful,” said Rublev, who reached back-to-back Grand Slam quarterfinals at the US Open and Roland Garros. “All the matches that have been here, that I did one more quarterfinal, especially almost being out of the tournament in the first round—I can only be grateful.
“There’s nothing much else to say. There’s so many things I need to work on, so many things that I need to improve. Now is a good time to do it, and to be ready for the next season.”
Another notable mover on the ATP rankings was Italian teenager Jannik Sinner, who jumped from No. 75 to No. 46—his Top 50 debut, shattering his previous high of No. 68. After advancing to his first major quarterfinal in Paris, Sinner gave Rafael Nadal one of his toughest matches of the tournament, serving for the first set and going up a break early in the second set but falling, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1.
In his post-match press conference, Sinner was told about how some people have said he could be Top 10 in 12 months’ time.
“I don’t know, I’m a person who looks not in the future and not in the past, always in the present,” he replied. “It’s nice to hear. At the end you have to show everything. I didn’t win anything until now. Okay, Next Gen, it’s one tournament—at the end I didn’t win anything.
“It’s just head down and trying to improve, trying to play hours after hours on court, which I need to do. I have a great team behind me. We will see in 12 months where I am.”
Meanwhile on the WTA rankings, there was movement in the Top 10. Petra Kvitova returned after reaching the semifinals of Roland Garros, rising from No. 11 to No. 8, and Sofia Kenin rose from No. 6 to her previous career-high of No. 4 after contesting her second major final of the year.
But the most significant move came from Polish teenager Iga Swiatek, who soared from No. 54 to No. 17—her simultaneous Top 40, Top 30 and Top 20 debuts—after her surprise run to her first Grand Slam title in Paris, where she took out No. 1 seed Simona Halep and 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova en route to the final. She dismissed Kenin, 6-4, 6-1, to clinch the title without dropping a set.
Three women who made breakthrough runs on the terre battue made Top 100 debuts: Czech Barbora Krejcikova, a former No. 1 in doubles, rose from No. 114 to No. 85 after progressing to the fourth round; Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan rose from No. 159 to No. 83 after advancing to the quarterfinals; and Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska jumped from No. 131 to No. 48—also her Top 50 debut—after becoming the first women's qualifier in the Open Era to reach the semifinal stage at Roland Garros.