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Latest ATP Rankings 17 June 2019 - Matteo Berrettini close to top 20 debut after winning third career title in Stuttgart

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 17 Jun 2019
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  • Berrettini edges towards top 20 debut after winning Stuttgart title
  • Mannarino back in top 35 after winning first title in s-Hertogenbosch
Matteo Berrettini (PA Images)

Matteo Berrettini is on the brink of breaking into the top 20 after winning the third ATP World Tour title of his career at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

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Berrettini capped an outstanding week in Stuttgart by beating rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 7-6(11) in the final to capture his maiden grass-court title. Incredibly, Berrettini didn’t drop serve all week, holding 50 consecutive times, while he won 89 per cent of all points behind his first serve throughout the tournament, including 41 of 44 in the final, where he also saved five sets points during a thrilling second-set tiebreak.

“On grass, the first tournament of the year [on this surface] beating these unbelievable guys… there were a lot of tough moments,” said Berrettini, who did not lose a set during his run and also beat Karen Khachanov and Nick Kyrgios among others.
“I never lost my serve, but all the matches were so close and I’m really happy for what I did on the court because it was mentally really difficult to stay there and I’m really proud of myself.”

Berrettini is the first Italian to win a grass-court title since Andreas Seppi prevailed at Eastbourne in 2011. The 23-year-old has put together an underrated rise over the last 12 months - he was ranked No. 84 in the world when he won his maiden ATP title on the clay of Gstaad in July last year, and now - after also claiming the silverware in Budapest in April - will move up eight spots in the latest ATP rankings to No. 22.

Despite losing his third ATP final of the season, it was also a great week for Auger-Aliassime, who was playing his first ever professional tournament on grass. Earlier this season, the 18-year-old became the youngest player since Lleyton Hewitt in 1999 to break into the top 25, and he remains one place higher than Berrettini in the rankings at No. 21.

"It’s been an amazing week whatever the outcome [was] today. I think I surprised myself every match this week being able to reach another final and my first one on grass, so it’s been amazing," said Auger-Aliassime, who was competing in his first grass-court tournament as a professional. "Obviously Matteo was too good today. I gave it my all, but he played good in the important moments and he deserves it."

Elsewhere, it was seven-times lucky for Adrian Mannarino, who finally captured a maiden ATP World Tour title after six previous defeats in finals. The Frenchman defeated Jordan Thompson 7-6(7), 6-3 in the Libema Open final in s-Hertogenbosch after earlier finishing off Borna Coric in a semi-final that was abandoned on Saturday due to rain.



Mannarino was ecstatic to break his drought in finals and was happy that people would now stop comparing him to compatriot Julien Benneteau, who famously lost 10 finals. 

"People are going to stop talking [about my finals record]," said Mannarino. "In France, we have another player, Julien Benneteau, who lost 10 finals and never won a title. Every time I was losing a [final] I was on my way to Benneteau... This is a big achievement for me. I am not pretending to be Top 10 or anything. Winning a title on the ATP Tour level is already something amazing for me and I cannot be more thankful to all the people who helped me get to this title."

Mannarino rises 10 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 34, while Thompson - who was appearing in his first ATP final - breaks into the top 50 for the first time, climbing 16 spots to No. 46.

There were no movements in the top 20, but that’s set to change this week as a host of top players compete in Halle and Queen’s. Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov lead the field in Halle, while Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kevin Anderson and Juan Martin del Potro headline the draw at Queen’s Club.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday June 17


1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Roger Federer
4. Dominic Thiem
5. Alexander Zverev 
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas
7. Kei Nishikori
8. Kevin Anderson
9. Karen Khachanov
10. Fabio Fognini
11. John Isner 
12. Juan Martin del Potro
13. Daniil Medvedev
14. Borna Coric
15. Marin Cilic
16. Gael Monfils
17. Nikoloz Basilashvili
18. Milos Raonic
19. Stan Wawrinka
20. Roberto Bautista Agut


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Latest ATP Rankings 17 June 2019 - Matteo Berrettini close to top 20 debut after winning third career title in Stuttgart

Matteo Berrettini is on the brink of breaking into the top 20 after winning the third ATP World Tour title of his career at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

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