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Latest ATP Rankings 18 February 2019 - Gael Monfils edging closer to top 20 return after winning Rotterdam title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 17 Feb 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Monfils on the brink of top 20 return
  • Wawrinka back inside top 50
  • Cecchinato at career-high No. 17
  • Opelka cracks top 60 for the first time
Gael Monfils (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Gael Monfils is inching closer to a top 20 return after winning one of the biggest titles of his career at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Sunday.

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Monfils secured the second ATP 500 title of his career, producing a brilliant performance to beat three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the final, bouncing back from a mid-match concentration lapse to prevail 6-2 1-6 6-2 in one hour and 44 minutes.

It’s the Frenchman’s first title since Doha in January last year, with Monfils rising 10 spots in the latest ATP rankings to No. 23 in the world.

“We have been practising all winter together, and really for the past 14 years too," said Monfils. "In these matches, it’s tricky to surprise the other. I was a bit tougher than him in the third set and changed the rhythm, as I felt he was playing heavy in the second set and I felt like I couldn’t handle it. I had to break his momentum. I had to be more aggressive and sneak in some serve and volley tennis.
“In the second set, I felt like I was pushing back physically and not striking cleanly. I was stressed and angry, but I had to think about it and in the third game of the decider, I took my chance and gained energy.”

Wawrinka was playing in his first final since the 2017 French Open and was gunning for a first hardcourt title since the 2016 U.S. Open.

Despite falling just short in the final, Wawrinka is taking a lot of positives from his week in Rotterdam as he himself climbs 27 places in the rankings to No. 41.

“It’s great to have been back in the final, but also how I played to get there. I played a good match and good level today, but it’s great to see the level is there across a full week. I have to keep doing what I’ve been doing over the past few months: working hard off the court, playing matches and building my confidence.”

Meanwhile, French Open semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato improved to a flawless 3-0 record in ATP finals after beating Diego Schwartzman to capture the Argentina Open title in Buenos Aires.

Marco Cecchinato (Photo by SEGIO LLAMERA/AFP/Getty Images)
Cecchinato didn’t drop a set all week, capping a tremendous tournament with a commanding 6-1 6-2 win over Schwartzman in Sunday’s final.

"I was able to play a great match and was always focused. I followed the game plan from the beginning to the end," said Cecchinato. "I was able to win the first two matches [this week] the hard way, working point by point. I improved my level yesterday and I was focused today, so I'm happy with how I was able to win the tournament."

The Italian rises one spot in the rankings to a career-high mark of No. 17, while Schwartzman remains at No. 19.

Elsewhere, it was a milestone moment for 21-year-old Reilly Opelka at the New York Open, with the towering American winning his first ATP title after edging Canadian qualifier Brayden Schnur in a nail-biting final.

Five championships points came and went for Opelka before he finally closed out the match 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7). The rising star moves up a whopping 33 spots in the rankings to No. 56 in the world, while Schnur is on the brink of a top 100 debut after his amazing week, climbing 47 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 107.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday February 11


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


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Latest ATP Rankings 18 February 2019 - Gael Monfils edging closer to top 20 return after winning Rotterdam title

Gael Monfils is inching closer to a top 20 return after winning one of the biggest titles of his career at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Sunday.

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