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Latest ATP Rankings 25 February 2019 - Stefanos Tsitsipas rises to career-high No. 11 after winning Marseille title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 25 Feb 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Tsitsipas up to career-high No. 11
  • Djere surges into top 40
  • Albot on the cusp of top 50
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas is one spot off a top 10 debut after winning his second ATP World Tour title at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille on Sunday.

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Less than five months after securing his maiden ATP title in Stockholm last year, Tsitsipas has added a second piece of silverware to his trophy cabinet, surging to the Marseille title without dropping a set, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 7-5 7-6(5) in the final.

The 20-year-old continues to break new ground on tour, with his Marseille triumph coming one month after he became the youngest Grand Slam semi-finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2007 at the Australian Open, where he beat Roger Federer in the fourth round before falling to Rafael Nadal in the final four.

"I lost the spark [after the Australian Open] and I was frustrated because it felt like I couldn't find it again," said Tsitsipas. "This week, I can say I am really happy because I felt this hunger back again... I really hope it stays the same because there are many good players out there that play for the same prize."

Tsitsipas rises one place in the latest ATP rankings to a career-high No. 11 and is 130 points behind No. 10 Marin Cilic as he prepares to compete at the 500-level Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this week.

Despite falling at the final hurdle, it was still a great week for Kukushkin, with the 31-year-old climbing 11 spots in the rankings to a career-high No. 39. Kukushkin was trying to win his second tour-level title after winning his first in St. Petersburg back in 2010.

Laslo Djere (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Laslo Djere completed a dream week at the ATP 500 Rio Open, capturing his first tour-level title with a straight sets win over rising teenage star Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final on Sunday night.

It was the first ATP final for both players, but it was Djere who was the more solid and calmer of the two in the pressure moments, prevailing 6-3 7-5 for the biggest win of his career.

“It’s been the week of my dreams. So many things have been achieved here. I’m really happy, excited and emotional now. I’m happy I could push through this match because it was very tough mentally and physically,” Djere said.

Djere, who beat top seed Dominic Thiem in the opening round, rises a whopping 53 spots from No. 90 in the rankings to a career-high mark of No. 37, while the 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime - who is the youngest ATP 500 finalist in history - moves up 45 places himself to a career-high No. 45.

Elsewhere, there was also a first ATP title for Radu Albot, who made history for his native Moldova as he became the first player from the country to win a tour-level crown after outlasting Dan Evans in the Delray Beach final.

Albot was a marathon man in Delray Beach this week, winning four of his five matches in three sets, including the final against Evans, saving three match points to emerge victorious by a 3-6 6-3 7-6(7) scoreline.

The 29-year-old climbs 31 spots in the latest ATP rankings to a career-high mark of No. 51, while Evans - who came through qualifying in Delray Beach - is close to a top 100 return, moving up 43 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 105.

Some of the world’s best are back in action this week, including World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and World No. 3 Alexander Zverev in Acapulco, while Roger Federer plays his first match since the Australian Open as he headlines the Dubai field alongside Kei Nishikori.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday February 25


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


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Latest ATP Rankings 25 February 2019 - Stefanos Tsitsipas rises to career-high No. 11 after winning Marseille title

Stefanos Tsitsipas is one spot off a top 10 debut after winning his second ATP World Tour title at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille on Sunday.

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