Men's Tennis: Movers and shakers in the latest ATP rankings
The ATP released its updated singles rankings list yesterday. The rankings reflect the outcome of the recently concluded Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic, who captured his 7th Australian Open crown, extended his lead at the summit of the rankings over nearest rival Rafael Nadal.
Novak not only pocketed a cool 4.1 million AUD in prize money, he also grabbed 2000 ranking points, taking his tally to 10,955, 2,635 points more than second-ranked Rafael Nadal.
Big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin Del Potro and Alexander Zverev, all gained a spot in the rankings whereas 2018 Australian Open champion, Roger Federer, who endured a tough loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open, slid three places from third to sixth in the rankings.
Kei Nishikori, who made the quarter-final, gained two spots to move to seventh on the list while Dominic Thiem, John Isner and Marin Cilic round out the top 10 as 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic slid from seventh to 10th.
Federer slayer Stefanos Tsitsipas moved to an all-time high ranking of world number 12 following his impressive Australian Open campaign where he won many fans.
Canadian Milos Raonic, coming back from a disappointing 2018 season, rose to a 14th, gaining three places in the process.
However, the biggest gainer in the rankings was Frenchman Lucas Pouille. The 24-year-old, who seems to be in rejuvenated form following the appointment of former world number one Amelie Mauresmo as his coach, rose from 31st to 17th place in the rankings.
Prior to his run to the semis of the Australian Open, the Frenchman had not gone beyond the first round in Melbourne before.
Britain's Kyle Edmund, who lost in the first round to Tomas Berdych, slips 15 places to 29th while Roberto Bautista Agut, who played three five-set matches in his run to the quarter-finals, gained six places and is currently ranked 18th.
With Djokovic firmly on top, it is going to be a mammoth challenge for the rest of the pack to try and usurp the 15-time Grand Slam champion anytime soon.
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