Latest ATP Rankings, Monday February 24

andrew hendrie:

Stefanos Tsitsipas stays at No. 6 after defending his Marseille title, while Cristian Garin cracks the top 20 and Reilly Opelka returns to the top 40 with title triumphs in Rio de Janeiro and Delray Beach respectively.

Tsitsipas defended a title for the first time in his career after overcoming fellow young gun Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 6-4 in Sunday’s final, becoming the first man since 1998 to capture back-to-back Marseille titles.

It’s the second straight season in which Tsitsipas has won the Marseille crown without dropping a set, with the Greek defending his 250 ranking points to stay at No. 6 in the latest ATP rankings.

“[Winning without dropping a set] makes me very proud. I am not going to try to think about it too much,” said Tsitsipas. “I am just going to continue doing my job, working to make it even better next time. My opponents, I respect every single one of them… It means the world to me to be able to be one of these people that can play well and others can enjoy watching.”

Auger-Aliassime meanwhile falls to a 0-5 record in finals after also going down in the Rotterdam title match to Gael Monfils last week.

The 19-year-old admits his finals record is starting to play on his mind, but the fact that Auger-Aliassime has already made five finals as a teenager is a superb feat in itself.

”I feel disappointed. You never like losing finals, but now it has been five so it is in my mind,” said Auger-Aliassime. “It is tough, but I think it is just going to make me a better player.

”It is going to build my character and I am going to overcome this challenge one day. I’ll keep working towards that goal. I am working to win bigger tournaments and to achieve even better things, so I am not going to stop here.”

Elsewhere, Garin secured the first ATP 500 title of his career in Rio de Janeiro, overcoming Italian qualifier Gianluca Mager 7-6(3) 7-5 in the final.

Both players were forced to do double duty on Sunday after rain washed out play on Saturday, with Garin completing a straight sets win over Borna Coric, while Mager edged Attila Balasz in a deciding set tiebreak.

After picking up the Cordoba Open title a fortnight ago, Garin has won a personal best nine straight matches, with the Chilean rising seven spots in the latest ATP rankings to a career-high No. 18 in the world.

It was also an outstanding tournament for Mager, who hadn’t even made an ATP quarter-final before this week. The 25-year-old moves up a whopping 51 spots to No. 77 in the world, cracking the top 100 for the first time.

Elsewhere, the towering Opelka picked up his second ATP title, taking out Yoshihito Nishioka by a 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2 scoreline in Delray Beach.

Opelka fired 27 aces en route to victory and also registered a three-set win over Milos Raonic earlier on Sunday after rain postponed their semi-final, saving a match point in a 4-6 7-6(6) 6-3 win.

The 22-year-old American climbs 15 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 39, while Nishioka also rises 15 places to a career-high mark of No. 48.

Two ATP 500 tournaments take place this week in Dubai and Acapulco. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic returns to action for the first time since the Australian Open to lead the field in Dubai alongside Tsitsipas and Gael Monfils, while Rafael Nadal is also back as he headlines the Acapulco draw, with Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios also featuring.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday February 24


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
14. ?? Andrey Rublev
15. ?? Denis Shapovalov
16. ?? Stan Wawrinka
17. ?? Karen Khachanov
18. ?? Cristian Garin (+7)
19. ?? Felix Auger-Aliassime (-1)
20. ?? John Isner (-1)

Notable Top 100 Ranking Movements This Week


?? Milos Raonic (+5 to No. 32)
?? Dan Evans (-6 to No. 37)
?? Reilly Opelka (+15 to 39)
?? Alexander Bublik (+8 to No. 47)
?? Yoshihito Nishioka (+15 to No. 48)
?? Pablo Cuevas (-14 to No. 60)
?? Aljaz Bedene (-14 to No. 61)
?? Laslo Djere (-31 to No. 67)
?? Radu Albot (-18 to No. 69)
?? Gianluca Mager (+51 to No. 77)
?? Attila Balazs (+27 to No. 79)
?? James Duckworth (-12 to No. 83)
?? Mikhail Kukushkin (-20 to No. 89)
?? Hugo Dellien (-16 to No. 94)