De Minaur Cracks Top 30, Mover Of The Week
No. 29 Alex de Minaur, +2
Alex de Minaur began last year at No. 208 in the ATP Rankings before making a big splash in Brisbane, making his first tour-level semi-final. On his return last week, De Minaur was World No. 31 after a breakthrough 2018. And the #NextGenATP star looked the part, beating compatriots Alexei Popyrin and Jordan Thompson to reach the quarter-finals, where former World No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was able to stop his run.
Nevertheless, De Minaur rose two spots in the ATP Rankings to crack the Top 30 for the first time at just 19 years old. The Aussie will try to maintain the momentum this week in Sydney, where he reached his maiden ATP Tour final one year ago.
No. 69 Ivo Karlovic, +31
The 39-year-old Croat’s final five events of 2018 came on the ATP Challenger Tour, as he tried to stay inside the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings. Entering the Tata Open Maharashtra as World No. 100, Karlovic needed a big result, and he got it, becoming the oldest tour-level finalist since Ken Rosewall won the title in Hong Kong in 1977.
Perhaps just as important as Karlovic’s 31-spot rise was his level in Pune. The 6’11” right-hander led the tournament in various categories including aces (124), first-serve points won (89%) and service games won (99%).
No. 57 Tomas Berdych, +14
The Czech star arrived at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open having not played since the Fever-Tree Championships last June. But Berdych reached his first final since Lyon in 2017 with the loss of just one set, beating two seeded players — Fernando Verdasco and Marco Cecchinato — along the way. The former World No. 4 also played well in the championship match against Roberto Bautista Agut, falling just short against the in-form Spaniard.
No. 83 Ernests Gulbis +12
No. 74 Jaume Munar, +7
No. 59 Stan Wawrinka, +7
No. 36 Jeremy Chardy +4