ATP rankings updates August 14th 2023 – Major moves posted as US Open edges closer

In my humble opinion, this is one of the most exciting times of the entire tennis season. As I’m sure you know, the first of two Masters 1000 tournaments was completed last week in Toronto. And as per the Cincinnati Open schedule, the second of these 1000-level events is getting underway today (Monday, August 14th). However, my intention here isn’t to look ahead to what might happen in the Cincinnati Masters tournament.

Instead, as I always do with these ATP rankings updates, my goal is to share the key details regarding who has made the biggest moves based on last week’s events. Naturally, some of the guys you are about to read about were competing in the Canadian Open last week. But at the same time, some guys were simply absent from any tournaments due to individual reasons. Anyway, putting the reasons for rankings adaptations aside, let’s stick with the facts.

ATP rankings updates August 14th 2023

And as per the most recent ATP rankings update which was released today, there are some interesting moves that I’d like to share with you right now. I’ve covered the top movers that are heading up the ladder, as well as the top movers who are heading down the ladder. It’s all covered below, so do read on!

ATP rankings updates – week commencing August 14th

There was only one major tournament played on the ATP tour last week. Therefore, many of the ATP rankings adjustments that I have discussed here are directly related to the 2023 Canadian Open. And as a quick refresher for anyone who may not be familiar with these updates, I have maintained the focus on the ATP’s top 100 here. This way, we can keep things relevant and engaging as we head towards the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year – the US Open.

On that note, let’s begin by talking about the individuals that are deepest in the green zone this week.

The week’s biggest climbers

Believe it or not, seven guys have made double-digit leaps up the ATP rankings ladder this week. This means that the structure of the ATP rankings has undergone quite a change as of today. Yet of these seven guys that have made such leaps, there are three that rise above the rest.

Taro Daniel: +20

In order to become the biggest climber of the week, Taro Daniel had to do things the hard way. This talented Japanese player needed to go through qualifying in the Canadian Open to even have a chance of racking up enough points for a big move. Yet that’s precisely what he managed to do. Not only did he qualify, but he then won a round in the main draw before losing to Milos Raonic. In doing so, he has jumped 20 places to number 95 – a great achievement.

Mackenzie McDonald: +16

Sticking with the guys that played in the Canadian Open, it’s Mackenzie McDonald who is tied for the second biggest rise of the week. To be fair to this 28-year-old American, he was enjoying the week of his life in Toronto. After getting into the main draw directly, McDonald went on to take out Karatsev, Rublev (6th seed), and then Raonic before losing to Davidovich Fokina. And by making the quarter-finals, he’s climbed 16 spots to number 43 in the ATP rankings.

Marcos Giron: +16

Marcos Giron just couldn’t let Mackenzie McDonald steal the show this week. In fact, Giron was able to match the movement of his fellow countryman by posting a jump of 16 positions as well. However, Giron took the hardest route of all of these three guys. He won two qualifying matches to make the main draw. Yet then, he scored wins against Ruusuvuori and Holger Rune (5th seed) before he was taken out by Tommy Paul. And by making the third round, he now finds himself at number 54 in the rankings.

The week’s biggest fallers 

If there is any comfort to be given to the three biggest fallers in the ATP rankings this week, it’s that they haven’t fallen by overly severe numbers. Then again, they’d all rather be moving up the ladder as opposed to down. With that said, let me reveal the three guys that have tumbled the furthest this week:

Roman Safiullin: -12

Some of you might recall that Roman Safiullin made a sensational run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals not long ago. This sent his ATP ranking through the roof. But as we all know, the ATP rankings system is relentless and very unforgiving. As a result, since Safiullin hasn’t competed since Wimbledon, he finds himself in the spotlight as the week’s biggest faller. Specifically, he’s dropped 12 places to 63 in the world.

Bernabe Zapata Miralles: -11

Unfortunately, Zapata Miralles is struggling to find form in recent times. After losing in the first round of the Hamburg Open at the end of July, he has now backed this up with another first-round exit in Toronto. Then again, he’s had pretty tough draws, losing to Rublev in Hamburg and Shelton in Toronto. Anyway, with his first-round exit last week, he is now ranked 75 in the world.

Pavel Kotov: -11

Pavel Kotov creeps in as the joint 2nd biggest faller of the week, matching Zapata Miralles with an 11-place fall. But just like his countryman, Safiullin, Kotov didn’t compete in any ATP events last week. Instead, he was absent from the tour, and while he’s only lost 90 points, that’s enough to send Kotov down to 98 in the ATP rankings.

Top ATP rankings story – Sinner captures maiden Masters 1000 title

Finally – the man from Italy has shown us all that he can take the biggest titles in tennis, and boy did he deserve it! Jannik Sinner was quite remarkable in the Canadian Open last week. He was the 7th seed going into the event, yet Sinner was far from ready to accept a mere run to the quarter-finals, which is what this seeding indicates. Instead, he took out the likes of Berrettini, Monfils, Davidovich Fokina, and then De Minaur in the finals. In doing so, Sinner has officially won the first Masters 1000 tournament of his career.

This is the 8th ATP title that the 21-year-old Italian has won, yet of course, this one will be the most special. So well done Jannik Sinner!

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