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As we enter the Paris Masters event this week, the ATP rankings have gone through another change. The latest update has been released today, October 30th, and there are some surprisingly big movers looking at the top 100. Of course, this follows the completion of two ATP 500 level tournaments played in Vienna and Basel last week. And while these ATP rankings updates don’t affect the seeds or the draw for the Paris Masters 1000 event this week, they are still important for several key reasons. The most important of which relates to the potential qualification of several players for the ATP Finals, set to be played in Turin in just a few week’s time.
However, with other tournaments set to be played in November, including two ATP 250 events in France and Bulgaria, these updates are important for main draw entries, seeding, and more moving forward. Anyway, this is all concerning future tournaments. But for now, let’s concentrate on the ATP rankings updates that have been released on Monday, October 30th.
ATP rankings updates – week commencing October 30th
- 1 ATP rankings updates – week commencing October 30th
- 2 The week’s biggest climbers
- 3 The week’s biggest fallers
- 4 Top ATP rankings story – Auger-Aliassime turns 2023 season around in Basel
Following plenty of exciting tennis in Basel and Vienna, the ATP rankings have adjusted to reflect the results of these events today. Like each week, the rankings have changed through individuals adding points to their tally, while others have moved down the ladder by failing to add to their point totals. This is how it goes on a weekly, rolling basis on the ATP Tour. Therefore, it’s been a solid seven-day period for some, while it’s been one to forget for others.
On that note, let me begin by running through the guys who had the best week in terms of pumping up their ranking as we head into the Paris Masters.
The week’s biggest climbers
Given that there are three players who climbed the rankings by exactly ten positions this week, I’ve included four players instead of the usual three in this category. However, there was one player who doubled this leap up the rankings thanks to his results last week. All of these three guys and their respective ATP rankings changes are highlighted below.
Alexander Shevchenko: +20
I must admit, Alexander Shevchenko wasn’t exactly a guy on my radar when he qualified for the event in Basel last week. Yet as it turns out, he certainly should have been! This talented player won four matches to reach the quarter-finals, beating Wawrinka and Fritz in the main draw before losing to the champion – Auger-Aliassime. As a result, he’s the week’s top climber with a jump of 20 positions, taking him to number 63 in the world.
Tomas Machac: +10
Although I’ve listed Tomas Machac as the second climber here, he has jumped by the same number of spots as the two players mentioned below. Therefore, he is the ‘joint second’ biggest riser of the week. As you can see, he jumped ten positions after reaching the round of 16 in Vienna. It took three match wins to get there, and after losing to Tsitsipas in a tight three-setter, he’s jumped to 64 in the world.
Benjamin Bonzi: +10
The first of two French players who had a great week is Benjamin Bonzi. To avoid confusion, Bonzi didn’t compete in Vienna or Basel. Instead, he played a Challenger in France, losing in the final to Pedro Martinez. Thanks to the points earned, however, he has jumped ten places to 77.
Gael Monfils: +10
Monfils didn’t exactly have a great week in terms of his results. However, due to his injury period last season, any points earned are helping to boost his ranking at the moment. Since he won one match in Vienna before losing to Tiafoe in the round of 16, Monfils has enjoyed a 10-place leap too, pumping his ranking to 79 in the process.
The week’s biggest fallers
The 10-place ATP rankings jump posted by the three guys above might seem impressive, yet they aren’t as significant as the double-digit slides produced by the following three players:
Denis Shapovalov: -43
Time and time again, we see major ATP rankings adjustments for players who endure long-term injuries. And sadly, Shapovalov is the man to experience the harsh reality of this on October 30th. The Canadian remains absent from the tour, and he lost 300 points for this period, taking him down a whopping 43 places to 93 in the world.
Roberto Bautista Agut: -18
Following a period of injury, Bautista Agut has made a cautious return to the ATP Tour in recent weeks. The Spaniard did compete in Basel last week, which is the highest level of tournament he has played since his return. Yet it didn’t go too well, as he lost to van de Zandschulp in the opening round in three sets. This has caused the 18-place drop to 66.
Arthur Rinderknech: -17
Last but not least, we have another Frenchman featuring in the ‘biggest movers’ category this week. Unfortunately, this is an undesirable category, and Rinderknech has produced a 17-place slide after failing to qualify for the main draw in Basel. Interestingly, he also lost to van de Zandschulp, and this loss takes him down to 99 in the ATP rankings as of this latest update.
Top ATP rankings story – Auger-Aliassime turns 2023 season around in Basel
Of all the top players on the ATP Tour, I would say that Felix Auger-Aliassime has struggled the most this season. The Canadian has previously been an established top-10 player, yet his results throughout the season have been far away from the expectations many had for Felix. As for how unexpected his tournament victory was in Basel last week, I can tell you that Auger-Aliassime had lost in the opening round of his previous four events before the Japan Open (the week before Basel). Of course, this isn’t the kind of form you expect from a guy who has been a top-10 player.
Yet he has silenced all of the doubters at the Basel Open, and he did so in style. Auger-Aliassime beat Holger Rune in the semis and Hubert Hurkacz in the finals, both in straight sets. And this must give the Canadian a much-needed confidence boost going into the 2023 Paris Masters!
So, all in all, he deserves the credit this week for completely turning his 2023 season around by winning the Basel Open.
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