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Medvedev breaks into top five at last

Medvedev breaks into top five at last

PARIS: Daniil Medvedev cracked the top five in the ATP rankings for the first time in his career on Monday after claiming his maiden Masters crown.

The 23-year-old became the first Russian player in history to win a Masters title, ousting David Goffin in the Cincinnati Masters final on Sunday.

The Russian is now fifth in the rankings released on Monday and led by Novak Djokovic who he beat in Saturday’s semi finals in Ohio.

But it was David Goffin who made the most notable jump in the top 20 advancing four places to 15th.

Meanwhile, Gael Monfils has maintained his title as France’s top player going up two spots to 13th. Kei Nishikori dropped two places and finds himself at seventh while Roberto Bautista Agut made his top 10 debut having reached the Cincinnati quarter-finals.

Juan Martin del Potro suffered setbacks as he dropped four places and out of the US Open after a devastating run of injuries. The Argentine re-fractured his knee cap during the Queen’s Club Championship in June.

ATP Rankings (as of Aug 19): 1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 11,685 points; 2. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 7,945; 3. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6,950; 4. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 4,925; 5. Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 4,195; 6. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,005; 7. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 4,005; 8. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) 3,455; 9. Karen Khachanov (Russia) 2,890; 10. Roberto Bautista (Spain) 2,575; 11. Fabio Fognini (Italy) 2,510; 12. Borna Coric (Croatia) 2,160; 13. Gael Monfils (France) 2,140; 14. John Isner (US) 2,075; 15. David Goffin (Belgium) 2,055; 16. Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) 2,050; 17. Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 2,050; 18. Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 1,985; 19. Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada) 1,750; 20. Guido Pella (Argentina) 1,735.

Published in Dawn, August 20th, 2019

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