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ATP Rankings Updates April 17th 2023 – Monte Carlo Results Cause Big Movement

Now that the peak of the clay court season has arrived, we are no doubt going to see some big shifts in the ATP rankings. In fact, following the completion of the 2023 Monte Carlo Masters, this is already happening. And once you see the latest shifts following the end of the first 1000-level clay court event of 2023, you’ll see just how influential this part of the season is. Of course, the most recent ATP rankings changes have come in on Monday, April 17th. 

ATP Rankings updates april 17th 2023

Since the rankings chop and change with each passing week, the official ATP rankings for the current week are available now. With that said, the current rankings standings might not hold for too long. As of this week, there are three more clay court events being played in Barcelona (500 level), Munich (250 level), and in Bosnia & Herzegovina (250 level). So as various players pick up points in these events, the rankings will inevitably shift again on Monday, April 24th.

But for now, let’s take a look at the impact that the Monte Carlo Masters has had on the ATP rankings.

ATP Rankings Updates – Week Commencing April 17th

Because Monte Carlo is a 1000-level tournament, there were plenty of points up for grabs last week. Naturally, those who made it deep in the draw picked up more points than others. And those who failed to replicate their success at this event in 2022 have unfortunately lost points. It’s a different story for each individual, of course, and I figured I would begin by discussing the guys who did best last week.

So without further ado, let me take you through the players who have moved up in the standings due to their performance in Monte Carlo.

The Week’s Biggest Climbers – Struff, Rune, Popyrin, and Altmaier Stride Forward 

Keeping the focus on the top 100 players in the ATP rankings, there are four guys that have really made a move this week. Kicking things off with the biggest riser of the week, it is Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany who has made the most significant climb. The German had to come through qualifying in Monte Carlo due to his prior ranking of 96, but boy did he have a great tournament! He went all the way to the quarter-finals before losing to the ultimate winner, Andrey Rublev.

Due to his performances, he has jumped 36 places this week to a new ranking of 64 – a huge leap forward! As for the next highest riser of the week, this goes to Daniel Altmaier, also from Germany. However, unlike his fellow countryman, Altmaier didn’t compete in Monte Carlo. Instead, he won a Challenger event in Florida, facilitating a jump of 20 rankings spots. This tournament victory has taken him into the top 100 once again, securing a new ranking of 93.

So clearly, it was a great week for the Germans on the ATP Tour. Yet for the other two guys I’ve mentioned, Popyrin was somewhat fortunate since he made it into the main draw of Monte Carlo as a lucky loser. But he did win his first round, grabbing some vital points and rising by 13 spots to number 81 as a result. And in the case of Holger Rune, he obviously had a great week, narrowly losing in the final to Andrey Rublev. He has climbed by 2 spots after this run, putting him at number 7 in the ATP rankings.

The Week’s Biggest Fallers – Djere, Borges, Davidovich-Fokina, and Goffin Slide

Moving from the green to the red now, there are four guys who have endured pretty hefty ranking drops this week. Starting with the two guys that have fallen by the biggest number of spots, sadly, this title goes to Laslo Djere and Nuno Borges. Both of these guys have dropped by 16 rankings positions this week, moving them down to 78 and 79 in the rankings, respectively. However, such a drop isn’t solely related to these two players this week.

Joining them with a double-digit shift are Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina and David Goffin. For Davidovich-Fokina, he actually dropped 580 points this week by failing to defend points from last year. Of course, this is a catastrophic points loss, and the inevitable drop of 14 places takes him down to number 38 in the world. Yet the 14-position drop was also matched by David Goffin, who lost in the opening round just like Davidovich-Fokina. However, the difference is that Goffin lost just 80 points.

But still, this takes the Belgian player down to number 99 in the world – not ideal when there are many top-flight clay court events approaching rapidly.

Top Rankings Stories – Rublev Takes His First Masters 1000 Title

Personally, I find it rather amusing that despite winning his first Masters 1000 tournament, Rublev’s ranking hasn’t actually changed at all. The poor guy has tried and failed over and over again to get over the line to win an event at this level. And while he will no doubt be over the moon about winning the 2023 Monte Carlo Masters, his current ranking hasn’t moved at all. He was number 6 in the world before the tournament started, and he has remained number 6 in the world even after raising the trophy above his head.

Then again, his points tally did change by 910 points in the right direction after beating Holger Rune in the final on Sunday. So while his ranking hasn’t changed, this is still huge for the 25-year-old Russian. Furthermore, since he now has that monkey off his back at the 1000 level, I believe that he will now have faith in himself at the Grand Slam level too. On that note, Rublev has yet to go beyond the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam.

However, this victory will no doubt give him tremendous confidence as we move further into the clay court season. And with two more Masters 1000 level events, plus the French Open to come, I’m pretty excited to see whether he keeps this momentum going. I really hope that he does, as I believe that Rublev is a fascinating and very exciting player. So to have a guy like that making deep-draw runs at big events is a positive thing for the sport!


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