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Latest ATP Rankings 24 September 2018: Dominic Thiem up to No. 7 after winning first hardcourt title in over two years in St. Petersburg

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 24 Sep 2018
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Thiem climbs to No. 7 with St. Petersburg triumph
  • Simon back into the top 30 after winning third Metz title
Dominic Thiem (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem rises one spot to No. 7 and Gilles Simon returns to the top 30 in the latest ATP rankings after the pair won the St. Petersburg and Metz titles respectively on Sunday.

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Austrian enforcer Thiem prevented Martin Klizan from becoming the first man since the ATP World Tour began in 1990 to win their first seven tour-level finals, conquering the Slovakian 6-3 6-1 in just 68 minutes to secure the St. Petersburg Open crown.

Leading the tour in 2018 with total match wins (48), Thiem dropped just four games against the 2012 St. Petersburg champion as he claimed his first hardcourt title since the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco in February 2016.

"I think that I was raising up my level from the first to the last match and obviously I played my best match today," Thiem said. "It was pretty close in the beginning. He was playing very well at the start of the match, but then I did one break, which was very important. From this moment on, I think I had control of the match."
Dominic Thiem (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)
Confident from making his first Grand Slam quarter-final on hardcourt when he pushed World No. 1 Rafael Nadal to a fifth-set tiebreak at the U.S. Open, Thiem swept the field in St. Petersburg and finally appears primed to be a factor at the back-end of the season - a stage where he has traditionally struggled throughout his career.

Hoping to qualify for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London for the third straight year, the title triumph lifts Thiem above Kevin Anderson to No. 7 in the Race and also to No. 7 in the latest ATP rankings, with the 25-year-old leapfrogging Grigor Dimitrov.

Meanwhile, it was still an excellent week for Klizan despite the disappointment of losing his first final, with the Slovakian scoring significant wins over the likes of Stan Wawrinka, Fabio Fognini and Denis Shapovalov in his first hardcourt tournament since March.

Klizan earned 150 ranking points for his trouble and rises 19 places to No. 49 in the world. The 29-year-old was ranked as low as No. 181 in February.

Elsewhere, Gilles Simon continued his quietly impressive season, capturing his second ATP World Tour title of 2018 at the Moselle Open in Metz.


Gilles Simon (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)


The 33-year-old defeated German qualifier Matthias Bachinger 7-6(2) 6-1 to win his third Moselle Open crown and return to the top 30 in the rankings. Simon also collected the Pune title at the start of the season (beating Marin Cilic along the way) and heads into this week as the World No. 29 after starting the year outside the top 80.

Bachinger also makes significant gains in the rankings this week, climbing 31 rungs to No. 135. The 31-year-old had won just one tour-level match before this week, but he managed to win four on the bounce after qualifying to reach his first ATP final.

No top 10 players are in action this week, but No. 11 David Goffin headlines the field in Shenzhen, where he could face former World No. 1 Andy Murray in the second round. Top 20 young guns Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric also line up in Shenzhen, while World No. 13 Fabio Fognini leads the draw in Chengdu.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday September 24


1. Rafael Nadal
2. Roger Federer
3. Novak Djokovic
4. Juan Martin del Potro
5. Alexander Zverev
6. Marin Cilic
7. Dominic Thiem (+1)
8. Grigor Dimitrov (-1)
9. Kevin Anderson
10. John Isner
11. David Goffin
12. Kei Nishikori
13. Fabio Fognini
14. Diego Schwartzman
15. Stefanos Tsitsipas
16. Kyle Edmund
17. Jack Sock
18. Borna Coric
19. Lucas Pouille
20. Milos Raonic


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Latest ATP Rankings 24 September 2018: Dominic Thiem up to No. 7 after winning first hardcourt title in over two years in St. Petersburg

Dominic Thiem rises one spot to No. 7 and Gilles Simon returns to the top 30 in the latest ATP rankings after the pair won the St. Petersburg and Metz titles respectively on Sunday.

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