Mover of the Week
Tokyo champion David Goffin has been in some excellent form lately. Last week he made an impressive run to the title in Shenzhen where he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov in the final to win his first title for three years. This week he won another in the Japanese capital. Goffin began his week in Tokyo with an impressive straight sets win over Feliciano Lopez. He had to battle past Matt Ebden of Australia in the second round, but thereafter went from strength to strength. Richard Gasquet fell to the Belgian next in the quarterfinals in straight sets. Goffin backed that up with a tightly fought win over Diego Schwartzman in the semis. The Argentine forced him to two tiebreaks, but he played his best when it mattered most to reach the final. There he defeated surprise French finalist Adrian Mannarino to extend his winning run to nine matches and claim a fourth career title.
The win returns David Goffin to the top ten, at his career high of world #10. Perhaps more importantly, however, it also returns him to being in serious contention to making the ATP World Tour finals. Before his back-to-back title successes, the Belgian’s injury that saw him miss crucial months after Roland Garros had seemed to exclude him. But, he has climbed five spots this week alone to sit in 8th spot. Stan Wawrinka ahead of him in 7th is guaranteed not to be competing, meaning that if the Belgian can continue to perform, a spot will most likely be his. That being said, he will have to shake off the exertions of the last two weeks swiftly for Shanghai. A disappointing performance there could undo much of the good work he has done over the past weeks.
Loser of the Week
It shall most likely prove to be a brief setback for Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, but it is an unedifying one as he falls back to world #9. The player who replaced him at world #8 was Stan Wawrinka, who has not lifted a racquet since Wimbledon. In fact, the Swiss, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are all still in the top ten, and could conceivably still qualify for London if they elected to return to the Tour. As for Dimitrov’s chances of making his debut in the showpiece at the O2 Arena, his semifinal loss to Nadal was unlikely to dampen his chances. He currently sits at #5 in the Race to London. His 100 point lead over Cilic in 7th is fairly precarious, but he has the best part of a 700 point cushion over Pablo Carreno Busta, currently the #9.
A deep run in Shanghai might effectively seal his place at the World Tour Finals which would constitute a magnificent achievement for the Cincinnati champion. His season so far has been superb, and although he has at times disappointed, his Wimbledon and US Open campaigns particularly spring to mind, he would be good value for a place amongst the elite eight.
Canada’s fan favourite Denis Shapovalov has not taken to the court since his defeat in the fourth round of the US Open. Despite that, he achieved an important rankings milestone this week due to other results. He broke into the top 50, now ranked at #50. With few points left to defend this year, expect him to climb further still. Somewhere close to the top 40 would represent a good performance from Shapovalov. His good friend and fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime also continues to impress. The 17-year-old continues his impressive rise, and is now within the world top 160. His arrival in the top 100 in 2018 would not be unexpected.
Speaking of arrivals into the top 100, Cameron Norrie is nearing that landmark. Norrie who only turned pro this year after a successful college career is now at a career high ranking of world #111. In the past two weeks he has captured back-to-back Challenger titles in Tiburon and Stockton. He will be looking to break into the top 100 before the end of the year and secure direct entry to the Australian Open early next year. In the form he is in, it would be hard to bet against him.
- 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
- Stan Wawrinka, 3540 points, moves up one place
- Grigor Dimitrov, 3455 points, drops down one place
- David Goffin, 3055 points, moves up one place
- Pablo Carreno Busta, 2855 points, drops down place
- Milos Raonic, 2690 points, drops down one place
- Roberto Bautista Agut, 2525 points, no change
- Kei Nishikori, 2475 points, no change
- Kevin Anderson, 2470 points, moves up one place
- John Isner, 2470 points, moves up one place
- Sam Querrey, 2445 points, drops down two places
- Jo Wilfried Tsonga, 2420 points, no change
- Tomas Berdych, 2195 points, moves up one place
- Jack Sock, 2175 points, moves up one place
- Nick Kyrgios, 2045 points, drops down two places
- Gilles Muller, 1920 points, moves up one place
- Juan Martin del Potro, 1865 points, moves up one place
- Lucas Pouille, 1825 points, drops down one place
- Albert Ramos Vinolas, 1815 points, no change
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