Struff Surges Into Top 30, Mover Of Week
A thrilling 2023 Mutua Madrid Open saw Carlos Alcaraz successfully defend his title, although the Spaniard needed three sets to hold off lucky loser Jan-Lennard Struff in the championship match. Struff is one of a number of stars who made a big jump in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings as a result of their exploits at the clay-court ATP Masters 1000.
ATPTour.com looks at the movers of the week in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings as of 8 May 2023.
No. 28 Jan-Lennard Struff, +37 (Career High)
The big-hitting German made history in Madrid by becoming the first lucky loser to reach the final at an ATP Masters 1000, and he has jumped 37 spots to a career-high No. 28 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings as a result. After falling to Aslan Karatsev in qualifying, Struff made full use of his second chance in the Spanish capital, battling to five three-set victories before pushing Alcaraz the distance in the championship match.
No. 16 Borna Coric, +4
The 26-year-old Coric reached his maiden Madrid semi-final, ousting 12th seed Hubert Hurkacz and home favourite Alejandro Davidovich Fokina en route. Although Alcaraz proved too strong in the final four, Coric has risen four spots to No. 16 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, his highest position since October 2010 and just four places shy of his career high.
No. 42 Andy Murray, +10
The former World No. 1 Murray has returned to the Top 50 for the first time since January thanks to his title run at the ATP Challenger Tour 175 event in Aix-en-Provence. Murray downed World No. 17 Tommy Paul in the final to clinch his first trophy at any level since his ATP 250 triumph in Antwerp in 2019.
No. 53 Aslan Karatsev, +68
Karatsev has charged up the Pepperstone ATP Rankings after an inspired run to the semi-finals in Madrid, where his free-hitting performances proved too strong for seeded players Botic van de Zandschulp, Alex de Minaur and Daniil Medvedev. Only the second qualifier in tournament history to reach the semi-finals, the 29-year-old has jumped 68 spots to No. 53 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
No. 69 Zhang Zhizhen, +30
Zhang etched his name into the Chinese tennis history books by becoming the first man from his nation to reach the quarter-finals at an ATP Masters 1000. Upset wins against Denis Shapovalov, Cameron Norrie and Taylor Fritz were the highlights of his run, one which propels the 26-year-old 30 spots to a career-high No. 69 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
Other Notable Top 100 Movers
No. 9 Taylor Fritz, +1
No. 11 Karen Khachanov, +1
No. 35 Ben Shelton, +3 (Career High)
No. 38 Bernabe Zapata Miralles, +4 (Career High) No. 49 Alexander Bublik, +6
No. 50 Ugo Humbert, +27
No. 65 Daniel Altmaier, +27
No. 99 Matteo Arnaldi, +6 (Career High)