Bautista Agut Rises In ATP Rankings, Mover Of The Week
ATPWorldTour.com looks at the top Movers of the Week in the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings, as of Monday, 5 March 2018
No. 16 Roberto Bautista Agut, +7
The Spaniard clinched his second ATP World Tour title of the season (Auckland), and eighth tour-level crown, at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, beating France’s Lucas Pouille in the final. Bautista Agut became the first player outside the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings to win the tournament since Fabrice Santoro in 2002, after overcoming Borna Coric, Malek Jaziri and Pouille in straight sets. The 29-year-old jumps seven positions to No. 16. Read and Watch Highlights
No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro, +1
The 29-year-old won his biggest title since 2013 (Basel) at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, overcoming US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in Saturday’s final. Del Potro navigated a tough draw in Acapulco, beating Mischa Zverev, four-time champion David Ferrer, and Top 10 stars Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Anderson to lift the trophy. The title was Del Potro’s 21st crown on the ATP World Tour and his earliest triumph in a season since his 2014 success at the Sydney International (d. Tomic). The Argentine rises one spot to No. 8 in the ATP Rankings, his highest position since 3 August 2014. Read and Watch Highlights
No. 12 (Career High) Lucas Pouille, +3
Pouille climbs three places after reaching his third final in four weeks at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (l. to Bautista Agut). The Frenchman avenged his Marseille final loss to Karen Khachanov before defeating seeds Yuichi Sugita and Filip Krajinovic to reach the championship match. The 24-year-old moves to a career-high No. 12 in the ATP Rankings. He could have broken into the Top 10 for the first time (at No. 10) with the Dubai title.
No. 48 (Career High) Jared Donaldson, +11
Donaldson reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC. The American scored convincing back-to-back wins over Matthew Ebden and Feliciano Lopez to reach the last four, where he fell to New York Open champion Kevin Anderson. The 21-year-old soars 11 places to career-high No. 48 in the ATP Rankings.
No. 61 (Career High) Nicolas Jarry, +12
The 22-year-old ended his breakthrough Golden Swing with a runner-up finish at the Brasil Open (l. to Fognini). Jarry fought his way through to his first ATP World Tour final after hard-fought three-set wins over Dusan Lajovic, Guido Pella, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Horacio Zeballos. The Chilean notched nine wins from 12 matches in Quito, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, with each of the three losses coming against the eventual champion. Jarry climbs 12 spots to a career-high No. 61 in the ATP Rankings. Read and Watch Highlights
No. 84 Malek Jaziri, +33
The Tunisian scored a huge upset win over top seed Grigor Dimitrov en route to his first ATP World Tour semi-final since 2015 (Winston Salem) at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Jaziri backed up his stunning win over the World No. 4 with wins over Robin Haase and #NextGenATP star Stefanos Tsitsipas, before falling to soon-to-be champion Bautista Agut in the last four. The 34-year-old flies 33 places up the ATP Rankings, re-entering the Top 100 at No. 84.
Other Notable Top 100 Movers This Week
No. 26 Hyeon Chung, +3
No. 28 Filip Krajinovic, +6
No. 32 Feliciano Lopez, +6
No. 33 David Ferrer, +6
No. 54 Ryan Harrison, +6
No. 71 Stefanos Tsitsipas, +11
No. 75 Vasek Pospisil, +8
No. 93 Pierre-Hugues Herbert, +6