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Latest ATP Rankings 18 March 2019: Indian Wells champion, Dominic Thiem returns to the top 4; Roger Federer drops to 5th in the latest ATP rankings

Leye Aduloju in ATP Ranking 18 Mar 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Dominic Thiem equals career-high ranking of No. 4
  • Roger Federer drops one spot to 5th
Dominic Thiem. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Indian Wells champion, Dominic Thiem returns to the top four, while Roger Federer drops to fifth in the latest ATP rankings following the conclusion of the BNP Paribas Open.

Thiem equals his career-high ranking of fourth, which he previously held for two weeks in November 2017.

The 25-year-old produced a superb performance to beat Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 7-5 in the Indian Wells final on Sunday, claiming his first Masters 1000 title. Thiem's Californian success was surprising and impressive for a number of reasons- first, he had a poor record on hard courts, and had only ever made one Masters 1000 semi-final on the surface prior to the BNP Paribas Open; and second, the Austrian had endured a poor start to the season, and had arrived Indian Wells with an ordinary 3-4 record for the season.

However, Thiem battled against those odds, making the most of an unremarkable draw and favourable conditions to reach the final- he defeated Jordan Thompson, Gilles Simon, Ivo Karlovic and Milos Raonic (he had a walkover over Gael Monfils in the quarter finals)- before taking out Federer in the championship match.

"It's unreal," said Thiem after Sunday's triumph. "It's a pleasure to compete against Roger in this great final. I lost my last two Masters 1000 finals, but I won this one and it feels as nice as a Grand Slam".  

Runner-up, Federer was bidding for a record-breaking sixth Indian Wells title, but he fell at the final hurdle for the second straight season, having also lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the epic 2018 final. The Swiss drops one spot to fifth, making way for Thiem's return to the top four.

There wasn't great movement in the top ten as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev remain the top three players in the world, while Stefanos Tsitsipas spends his second straight week at No. 10 in the rankings despite his early exit at Indian Wells. Kei Nishikori swapped places with Kevin Anderson, with the Japanese star gaining one spot to sixth, while Juan Martin del Potro, who won the Indian Wells title last year but was absent in 2019 due to a knee injury, fell three spots to No. 8.

Elsewhere, Stan Wawrinka continues his steady climb, checking in at 37th (up from last week's 40th), while there are new career-high rankings for young guns, Hubert Hurkacz and Miomir Kecmanovic, following their impressive quarter final performances at Indian Wells. Hurkacz, who took out Kei Nishikori, Lucas Pouille and Denis Shapovalov before falling to Federer is up 13 places to 54th, while Kecmanovic, who only got into the Indian Wells draw via the lucky loser route rockets 35 spots up to 95th in the world.

Another notable mover in the latest rankings is 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic, who jumps 13 places to 76th after reaching the quarter finals at Indian Wells. Jan-Lennard Struff and Yoshihito Nishioka both climbed 10 places to 45th and 64th respectively, both of them, just outside their career-high rankings.

Former Australian Open semi-finalist, Hyeon Chung, who has had a terrible ordeal with injuries, is heading in the other direction, falling 29 spots to 92nd in the latest rankings. 

Sam Querrey tumbled 17 positions to 68th, while veteran, Feliciano Lopez is teetering on the brink of falling out of the top 100, as he is now ranked 94th, down 16 places from his previous ranking.

There are bound to be more changes in the rankings in the next fortnight, with the Miami Open, the second Masters 1000 tournament of the season, set to hold between 18-31 March, 2019.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday,  March 18

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

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Latest ATP Rankings 18 March 2019: Indian Wells champion, Dominic Thiem returns to the top 4; Roger Federer drops to 5th in the latest ATP rankings

Dominic Thiem matches his career-high ranking following his BNP Paribas Open success, while Roger Federer, beaten finalist in California, falls to 5th.

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