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Latest ATP Rankings 1 October 2018: Bernard Tomic and Yoshihito Nishioka return to top 100 after winning titles in Chengdu and Shenzhen

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Bernard Tomic (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernard Tomic and Yoshihito Nishioka have completed dramatic returns to the top 100 after winning ATP World Tour titles in Chengdu and Shenzhen respectively as qualifiers on Sunday.

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Down 0-3 in the final set tiebreak of his last round qualifying encounter with Egor Gerasimov seven days ago, Bernard Tomic has capped a dream week at the ATP 250 event in Chengdu, also saving a match point in his second round duel with Lloyd Harris before saving four championship points in the third set tiebreak of his showdown with top seed Fabio Fognini on Sunday to lift his first ATP World Tour title since 2015.

Recovering from 3-6 down in the deciding set tiebreak, Tomic reeled off six of the last seven points to stun Fognini 6-1 3-6 7-6(7) to capture the silverware in memorable scenes, collapsing on his back and kissing the court in a moment that clearly meant a lot to the Australian.

“I should have lost five times,” said Tomic, who has now won four ATP World Tour titles at 250-level. “In the second round in qualifying to Gerasimov, I was down 0/40 at 4-4 in the third set and I somehow got through that match; against Klahn in the first round I was down 7-6, 3-1 and in the second round I was down a match point as well against Harris. It’s been a rollercoaster, but I played more aggressive in the quarter-finals and semi-finals. I don’t know how many match points I saved today.
“I haven’t won a title since Bogota in 2015. At 6/3 [in the tie-break] he struck a double fault, then the court began to get slippery. We both agreed to keep playing, but during my matches in qualifying and the first round it was slippery, so I began to stand ready for the return differently. It enabled me to return on the 6/4 point, then I got a lucky net cord winner on the next point.
“For me to win here is huge, one of the biggest [ATP World Tour] 250 tournaments in the world and it means that I’ll rise back up the ATP Rankings.”

After dropping outside the world’s top 200 following a stint in reality television and toiling away on the second-tier Challenger circuit, Tomic has surged back into the top 100 on the back of his Chengdu triumph, rising 47 spots in the latest rankings to No. 76. The 25-year-old will also gain direct entry into the Australian Open in January after falling in qualifying this season.

Yoshihito Nishioka (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Yoshihito Nishioka has paved his own way back into the top 100 after securing his first ATP World Tour title at the Shenzhen Open.

Nishioka also saved match points during his run to the final, doing so twice in the second round against Denis Shapovalov, while he became the sixth qualifier this season to win a tour-level title as he edged out Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-5 2-6 6-4 on Sunday.

"To get here, it was seven matches. It is not easy," said Nishioka. "I am very tired right now but my strength is my mentality, my stamina and never giving up. Those are my weapons."
"I believe this is the beginning,” he added. "[Now I will] try to win [ATP World Tour] 500 and [Masters] 1000 events... This is a very happy [moment] and I believe I can win more."

Nishioka missed almost a year of action as he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in Miami last season, returning to the tour at the start of 2018 as his ranking dropped to as low as No. 380 in April. However, the 23-year-old has been gradually building his level back up and now Nishioka - who hit a career-high mark of No. 58 last year - is back to No. 95 after climbing 76 places in the latest ATP rankings.

There was no change to the world’s top 20 this week, but there surely will be some movement over the next seven days as Juan Martin del Potro, Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov lead the field at the China Open in Beijing, while the likes of Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori fight for the title at the Japan Open in Tokyo.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday October 1


1. Rafael Nadal
2. Roger Federer
3. Novak Djokovic
4. Juan Martin del Potro
5. Alexander Zverev
6. Marin Cilic
7. Dominic Thiem
8. Grigor Dimitrov
9. Kevin Anderson
10. John Isner
11. David Goffin
12. Kei Nishikori
13. Fabio Fognini
14. Diego Schwartzman
15. Stefanos Tsitsipas
16. Kyle Edmund
17. Jack Sock
18. Borna Coric
19. Lucas Pouille
20. Milos Raonic

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Latest ATP Rankings 1 October 2018: Bernard Tomic and Yoshihito Nishioka return to top 100 after winning titles in Chengdu and Shenzhen

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