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Latest ATP Rankings 22 April 2019 - Fabio Fognini rises to career-high No. 12 after winning first Masters 1000 title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 22 Apr 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Fognini climbs to No. 12 after Monte-Carlo triumph
  • Lajovic up to No. 24 for runner-up finish
Fabio Fognini (PA Images)

Fabio Fognini is on the cusp of cracking the top 10 after winning his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo on Sunday.

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After starting the season with a 0-4 record on clay, Fognini surged to his first Masters 1000 crown in Monte-Carlo, conquering third seed Alexander Zverev and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal before taking out surprise finalist Dusan Lajovic in straight sets in the final.

As the 13th seed, Fognini is the lowest-ranked winner of the Monte-Carlo Masters since Gustavo Kuerten in 1999, while he’s also the only Italian man to beat two of the top three seeds en route to winning a tournament.

Incredibly, Fognini was staring down the barrel of a fifth straight loss on clay when he trailed qualifier Andrey Rublev 4-6 1-4 and faced five break points in the opening round, but somehow the Italian staged a miraculous fightback, benefitted from a Gilles Simon withdrawal in the second round, beat Zverev in straight sets, recovered from 1-6 0-2 down against Borna Coric in the quarter-finals, won 11 of the last 13 games to conquer Nadal and overcome ankle and hamstring issues in the final to complete his dream week against Lajovic in Sunday’s final.

"I just feel happy because I won a big tournament that was always my goal in my career," Fognini said. "I think everybody, when you're growing up and you start and you decide to play tennis, you are dreaming to win a big tournament. We are talking about a Masters [1000]." 
"I’m really, really happy. Nothing to say. I have to keep calm, maybe take a shower, relax, and think about this because it’s something incredible."

Fognini rises six spots in the latest ATP rankings to a career-high mark of No. 12 - and is just over 200 points off John Isner at No. 10.

Meanwhile, Lajovic was bidding to become the first unseeded player to win the Monte-Carlo Masters since Thomas Muster in 1992, but the Serbian fell just short against an inspired opponent.

Lajovic didn’t drop a set en route to the final, including a superb dispatch of Indian Wells champion and French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem, but 33 unforced errors proved his undoing in windy conditions.

Nevertheless, it was a phenomenal week for Lajovic, who climbs 24 places in the rankings to a career-high No. 24 in the world, meaning he should be seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time at the upcoming French Open.

"I had a lot of unforced errors,” Lajovic said. “One thing was that it was windy. The other thing was I was under the pressure of the finals of the moment, and all together, I think he was the much better player today."

In other rankings movements, last year’s runner-up Kei Nishikori drops down one spot to No. 7 after losing in his opening match, while Guido Pella, who beat Marin Cilic to make his first Masters 1000 quarter-final, moves up seven rungs on the rankings ladder to a career-high No. 28. Rising 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime also rises to No. 31 after making the second round.

The ATP World Tour rolls into the 500-level event in Barcelona and the 250 tournament in Budapest this week, with Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Stefanos Tsitsipas headlining Barcelona, while Marin Cilic and Borna Coric lead the field in Budapest.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday April 22


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


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Latest ATP Rankings 22 April 2019 - Fabio Fognini rises to career-high No. 12 after winning first Masters 1000 title

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