Coric Breaks New Ground, Mover Of The Week
ATPWorldTour.com looks at the top Movers of the Week in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 17 April 2017
#NextGenATP player Borna Coric has risen 30 places to return to the Top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The 20 year old clinched his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday at the Grand Prix Hassan II following a remarkable final in Marrakech against third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. Coric, now ranked at World No. 49, stormed back from a break down in both the second and third sets, before staving off five championship points in the 5-7, 7-6(3), 7-5 triumph.
Steve Johnson has moved up four places to No. 25 in the rankings following his title triumph on home soil in Houston at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. The fighting 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5) victory over Thomaz Bellucci in Sunday’s final captured Johnson’s second ATP World Tour singles title, with his maiden trophy coming in June 2016 on the grass court of Nottingham. The 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points edged Johnson closer to his career-high position of No. 21. Read Houston Final Report.
Bellucci has been rewarded for his determined run in Houston by moving up 12 places to World No.53 in the rankings. The Brazilian won four three-set matches en route to the final, but he was narrowly edged from claiming his fifth ATP World Tour title and first since Geneva in May 2015.
Stellar performances on the ATP Challenger Tour have continued Aljaz Bedene’s sharp rise up the rankings. The Brit moves up seven places to No. 69 courtesy of a tour-leading third Challenger title in 2017. The 27 year old won 7-6(4), 6-3 against top seed Gastao Elias to land his third Open Citta Della Disfida trophy to remain undefeated in 15 ATP Challenger Tour matches this season.
Ernesto Escobedo is another #NextGenATP player on the rise. The American launched up 18 places up to No. 73 in the latest rankings on Monday. The 20 year old reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final in Houston (l. Bellucci), prevailing in a three-hour, three tie-break marathon quarter-final against second seed John Isner. Escobedo was ranked outside of the Top 300 just 12 months ago but his strong start to 2017 has moved the American to No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan.
Gastao Elias moves up nine places to World No. 88 having reached his first ATP Challenger Tour final of the season in Barletta (l. Bedene).