Mover of the Week
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur just missed out on our Mover of the Week title last week. That was despite a superb run to the title in St Petersburg, his first at ATP level. He continued that fine form in Shenzhen, China. Beginning in the first round he took out Australia’s John Millman in straight sets, before dismantling Lukas Lacko. This saw him reach the quarterfinals where his opponent was the tournament’s top seed and the world #4, Alexander Zverev. Few gave Dzumhur much chance of withstanding Zverev’s power from the back of the court. Understandably so, as the mighty Federer and Djokovic have already fallen victim to it.
But Dzumhur stood up to it, meeting the German blow for blow and defeating him in straight sets. Alexandr Dolgopolov proved a step too far for Dzumhur in the semifinals, as his exertions over the past fortnight appeared to catch up with him in a tired-looking loss. But a title and a semifinal in back-to-back weeks represent a superb achievement for the Bosnian. Last week RealSport suggested that a seeding for Dzumhur at the Australian Open was not impossible, now it looks probable. He is already up to #36, he was down at #94 in June. Climbing just four more sports looks eminently possible, so expect Dzumhur to be amongst the 32 seeds in Melbourne.
Loser of the Week
Russia’s Karen Khachanov is still finding his feet on Tour. As a result, good weeks and bad weeks are still going to appear frequently. Last year Khachanov had one of the best weeks of his career so far in Chengdu. This year, he had one of the worst. Arriving as defending champion and third seed Khachanov doubtless hoped to make a deep run in the panda capital of the world. But instead he was undone swiftly by eventual titlist Denis Istomin. Istomin destroyed Khachanov for the loss of just five games, as the Russian continues to struggle for form. Khachanov has won just five matches since Wimbledon, a miserable run that includes first round losses at the US Open and the Rogers Cup.
As a result of losing so early in Chengdu, Khachanov’s ranking has tumbled down ten spots to #42. That’s down 13 spots from his career high ranking of 29th in the world, which he achieved in August. Unless Khachanov is able to manufacture a dramatic turn around in form, then he will be facing beginning 2018 outside of the top 32 certainly, possibly the top 40. Hardly ideal for a player looking to build on what has been a generally promising year. He plays next at the China Open in Beijing, and will be hoping that he can restart his year there.
Earlier in the year Denis Istomin shocked the tennis world by upsetting six-time champion Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Australian Open. He was back in the headlines this week after making a run to the title in Chengdu. It began with a victory over Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany. This was followed by the aforementioned upset of Karen Khachanov. Hard fought three set wins over Jared Donaldson and Yuichi Sugita took Istomin into the final, where he faced Baghdatis. Unfortunately, after just five games the Cypriot’s body gave way, forcing him to retire. This handed Istomin his second career title, albeit not in the manner he would have wished. It also saw him rise 25 spots to world #53. The Uzbek has top 50 talent, so it is good to see him returned to within touching distance of a top 50 ranking.
Belgium’s David Goffin also did well to pick up his first title in three years in Shenzhen where he was second seed. He has been close to the top ten all year, briefly breaking in in February. His season took a hit when he picked up a bad injury at Roland Garros, which kept him out until after Wimbledon. He has struggled somewhat for form since, but had an encouraging US Open, reaching the fourth round. The victory in Shenzhen was clearly sweet, although it was also hard fought with Dolgopolov pushing the Belgian to three sets. He returns to world #11, and will hope his good form continues as he battles for a spot at the ATP World Tour finals.
- Rafael Nadal, 9465 points, no change
- Roger Federer, 7505 points, no change
- Andy Murray, 6790 points, no change
- Alexander Zverev, 4470 points, no change
- Marin Cilic, 4155 points, no change
- Novak Djokovic, 4125 points, no change
- Dominic Thiem, 4030 points, no change
- Grigor Dimitrov, 3575 points, no change
- Stan Wawrinka, 3690 points, no change
- Pablo Carreno Busta, 2855 points, no change
- David Goffin, 2855 points, moves up one place
- Milos Raonic, 2825 points, drops down one place
- Roberto Bautista Agut, 2525 points, no change
- Kei Nishikori, 2475 points, no change
- Sam Querrey, 2445 points, moves up one place
- Kevin Anderson, 2425 points, drops down one place
- John Isner, 2425 points, no change
- Jo Wilfried Tsonga, 2375 points, no change
- Nick Kyrgios, 2245 points, moves up one place
- Tomas Berdych, 2195 points, no change
- Jack Sock, 2175 points, drops no change
- Gilles Muller, 1920 points, moves up one place
- Lucas Pouille, 1825 points, drops down one place
- Juan Martin del Potro, 1820 points, no change
- Albert Ramos Vinolas, 1815 points, no change
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