Gael Monfils remains in the top 10 after defending his Rotterdam title, while Kyle Edmund returns to the top 50 and Casper Ruud breaks the top 40 after winning in New York and Buenos Aires respectively.
Monfils became the first man since Robin Soderling in 2011 to defend the 500-level Rotterdam title, cruising past rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-4 in Sunday’s final.
The Frenchman broke a number of personal milestones with the victory – it’s the first time he’s defended a title on the ATP World Tour and the first time he’s won multiple crowns in a single season following on from his triumph in Montpellier last week. It’s also the first time Monfils has won back-to-back titles on tour – and the 33-year-old says he’s got big goals for 2020 after his eye-catching start to the season.
“It’s an amazing feeling for the first time for me to back it up, year after year, week after week,” said Monfils. “It is a different feeling I have never experienced in my career, so I feel grateful.”
“[In the FedEx ATP Rankings, I want] to reach the fifth spot,” said Monfils. “I have been sixth. [I would like] to reach the final at another Masters 1000, why not try to win one and keep the dream alive? The dream is to win a Grand Slam and that is what I am playing for and training for. It is tough, but I believe that maybe one day I will be lucky enough to win one.”
Monfils successfully defended all of his 500 points from last year, meaning he doesn’t move from his No. 9 spot in the latest ATP rankings – although he is exactly level on points (2,860) with No. 8 Matteo Berrettini.
Auger-Aliassime continues to rise despite falling just short in the final, with the Canadian – who now has four runner-up finishes in the last 12 months – moving up three spots in the latest ATP rankings to No. 18.
Meanwhile, Ruud has eclipsed his father and coach Christian and become the highest-ranked Norwegian man of all time following his maiden ATP title breakthrough at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.
Ruud became the first Norwegian to win an ATP title when he defeated lucky loser Pedro Sousa 6-1 6-4 to prevail in Buenos Aires – and in the process, he surpassed his father’s career-high ranking of No. 39, rising to World No. 34.
“I feel a great sensation now. It is what all players look for and dream. I am very happy with my career, although I know that I am still young,” Ruud said. “Buenos Aires will always be a special place for me, this is my first title.”
There’s also a big rankings jump for Sousa, who lost in qualifying a week ago but sensationally made the most of his second chance as a lucky loser, advancing all the way to his first ATP final. The 31-year-old climbs 38 places in the rankings to No. 107 – just eight spots off his career-high.
Elsewhere, Edmund returned to the top 50 after securing the second ATP title of his career at the New York Open, gliding past Andreas Seppi by a 7-5 6-1 scoreline.
The former World No. 14 endured a tough 2019, but Edmund has laid the foundation for a rise back up the rankings, moving up 17 rungs to No. 45. Seppi, who was playing for his first ATP title since 2012, rises 18 spots to No. 80.
Four of the world’s top 10 are in action this week, with Australian Open runner-up Dominic Thiem returning to lead the 500-level field in Rio de Janeiro, while Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and David Goffin headline the 250 event in Marseille.
Latest ATP Rankings, Monday February 17
1. ?? Novak Djokovic
2. ?? Rafael Nadal
3. ?? Roger Federer
4. ?? Dominic Thiem
5. ?? Daniil Medvedev
6. ?? Stefanos Tsitsipas
7. ?? Alexander Zverev
8. ?? Matteo Berrettini
9. ?? Gael Monfils
10. ?? David Goffin
11. ?? Fabio Fognini
12. ?? Roberto Bautista Agut
13. ?? Diego Schwartzman (+1)
14. ?? Andrey Rublev (+1)
15. ?? Denis Shapovalov (+1)
16. ?? Stan Wawrinka (-3)
17. ?? Karen Khachanov
18. ?? Felix Auger-Aliassime (+3)
19. ?? John Isner (-1)
20. ?? Benoit Paire (-1)
Notable Top 100 Ranking Movements This Week
?? Kei Nishikori (-5 to No. 30)
?? Casper Ruud (+11 to No. 34)
?? Milos Raonic (-5 to No. 37)
?? Kyle Edmund (+17 to No. 45)
?? Reilly Opelka (-14 to No. 54)
?? Juan Ignacio Londero (+8 to No. 61)
?? Jannik Sinner (+11 to No. 68)
?? James Duckworth (+12 to No. 71)
?? Andreas Seppi (+18 to No. 80)
?? Vasek Pospisil (+6 to No. 98)