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Latest ATP Rankings 19 August 2019 - Daniil Medvedev rises into top five after winning Cincinnati Masters title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 19 Aug 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Medvedev into top five with Cincinnati triumph
  • Bautista Agut makes top 10 debut
Daniil Medvedev (PA Images)

Daniil Medvedev has risen into the world’s top five for the first time after winning his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati on Sunday.

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After consecutive runner-up finishes at the 500-level Citi Open in Washington and last week’s Canada Masters in Toronto, Medvedev was the last man standing at the Cincinnati Masters, backing up his big win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic by beating David Goffin 7-6(3) 6-4 in Sunday’s final to claim his first Masters 1000 title.

Medvedev only dropped one set all week - against Djokovic in the semi-finals - as the Russian stormed to the Cincinnati title. All up, he’s played 18 matches in the last 20 days in an extremely busy but fruitful month.

"It's hard to find words," Medvedev said after the win. "It's the hard work I've been putting in. It would not be good to lose three finals in a row, so I'm really happy about this. I started cramping at 5-3, actually. It was the first time I cramped in three weeks. I made four serves he didn't return and it was unbelievable."

Medvedev climbs three spots in the latest ATP rankings to a career-high No. 5, leapfrogging Alexander Zverev and Kei Nishikori. The 23-year-old is the first Russian since Nikolay Davydenko in 2010 to rank inside the top five and is the third first-time Masters 1000 champion this year after Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini prevailed in Indian Wells and Monte-Carlo respectively.

Daniil Medvedev (PA Images)
It’s been an incredible season for Medvedev in 2019, with the Russian leading the tour with most match wins at 44, while 31 of those victories have come on his preferred hardcourts. He’s also secured the fifth seed for the upcoming U.S. Open and is the youngest Cincinnati Masters champion since Andy Murray in 2008.

Meanwhile, it was also a successful week for Goffin, who had taken a tumble down the rankings in recent times after dealing with various injury problems. The Belgian, who cracked the top 10 after making the Nitto ATP Finals title match at the end of 2017, moves up five places to No. 15 courtesy of reaching his first Masters 1000 final.

It’s also a milestone day for Roberto Bautista Agut, with the hard-working Spaniard making his top 10 debut after making the Cincinnati quarter-finals. Bautista Agut has a 32-14 record in 2019, winning the title in Doha, making the semi-finals of Wimbledon and quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Guido Pella make their top 20 debuts after the slumping Marin Cilic dropped five places down to No. 23, while Cincinnati semi-finalist Richard Gasquet rises 22 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 34. Andrey Rublev, who beat Roger Federer to make his first Masters 1000 quarter-final, climbs 23 places to No. 47 and Yoshihito Nishioka rises 18 spots to No. 59.

No top 20 players are in action this week as the leading players all head to Flushing Meadows to prepare for next week’s U.S. Open. Benoit Paire, the World No. 30, is the highest-ranked player in the Winston-Salem field, along with former World No. 1 Andy Murray, who is continuing his singles comeback.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday August 19


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


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