Kyrgios Jumps Five Spots, Mover Of The Week
ATPWorldTour.com looks at the top Movers of the Week in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Race To London, as of Monday, 9 October 2017
No. 15 Nick Kyrgios, +5
The Australian star put himself within striking range in the Emirates ATP Race To London with a strong performance at the China Open, where he advanced to the final (l. Nadal). Kyrgios earned 300 points to move his total to 2,000 points in the Race, which put him into the No. 15 spot.
Since No. 7 Stan Wawrinka and No. 10 Novak Djokovic are both out for the rest of the season due to injury, Kyrgios is only behind five active players as he attempts to qualify for his first Nitto ATP Finals. He is 740 points behind David Goffin, who currently occupies the eighth and final qualifying spot. Pablo Carreno Busta, who is No. 9 in the Race would get into London today due to Wawrinka’s injury, and Kyrgios is 595 points behind him as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Shanghai begins.
No. 8 David Goffin, +5
The Belgian broke into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Race To London with his second title in a row, capturing the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships after winning the Shenzhen Open. Goffin also tied his career-high in the Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 10, after he originally reached that spot in February following a final appearance at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament (l. Tsonga). He never played as the No. 10 player during that stint, as he only held the ranking for the week of 20 February, when he was not in action. Goffin then re-gained his Top 10 spot for four weeks in April and May.
Since 21 March of last year, Goffin has been ranked between No. 10 and No. 15 in the world. He moved to No. 8 in the Emirates ATP Race To London with his Tokyo title, putting him in position to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals. He will have an opportunity to better his chances this week in Shanghai.
No. 5 Grigor Dimitrov, +1
While the Bulgarian dropped a tough three-setter in the Beijing semi-finals against World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, it was good enough to bump him up one spot in the Emirates ATP Race To London. Dimitrov now has 3,275 points in the Race, and is in prime position to qualify for his first Nitto ATP Finals. The man he moved past, Marin Cilic, is just 100 points behind him. Dimitrov can move even closer to securing his spot this week in Shanghai, where he is projected to face Nadal once again, this time in the quarter-finals.
No. 74 Steve Darcis, +11
While the Belgian was forced to retire from his quarter-final match at the China Open against Kyrgios, the qualifier’s effort was still good enough to make a sizeable jump in the Race. After toughing out World No. 122 Peter Polansky in two hours and 39 minutes in the final round of qualifying, Darcis managed to upset Pablo Carreno Busta, who is No. 9 in the Race standings. Darcis is not competing this week in Shanghai.
No. 86 Marius Copil, +16
Not only did the Romanian reach a career-high of No. 75 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week, but he jumped 16 spots in the Emirates ATP Race To London as well after an appearance in the final of the 2017 Kaohsiung OEC Open. Copil continued a strong run in recent weeks after he advanced to the quarter-finals at the Moselle Open and then reached the Round of 16 in Shenzhen.
Other Top 100 Movers This Week
No. 39 Richard Gasquet, +4
No. 46 Ryan Harrison, +3
No. 68 Evgeny Donskoy, +7
No. 78 Laslo Djere, +12