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Latest ATP Rankings 26 August 2019 - Hubert Hurkacz rises to career-high No. 35 with Winston-Salem title triumph

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 26 Aug 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Hurkacz up to career-high No. 35 after winning first title in Winston-Salem
  • Paire climbs to No. 26 with runner-up finish
Hubert Hurkacz (PA Images)

Hubert Hurkacz is edging closer to a top 30 debut after winning his maiden ATP World Tour title in Winston-Salem on Saturday.

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Hurkacz became the first Polish man since 1982 to win an ATP singles title when he defeated Benoit Paire in three sets to capture the Winston-Salem crown.

The 22-year-old, who also beat fellow Next Gen stars Frances Tiafoe and Denis Shapovalov over the last couple of days, beat Paire by a 6-3 3-6 6-3 scoreline to become the 14th first-time ATP champion in 2019.

"That is a lot of time [without a Polish champion]. I am so glad that I have been able to win an ATP Tour event,” said Hurkacz. “I hope many more guys will join me soon and that I will win some more. It means a lot to me and I am glad that I won this tournament here.
"It is a huge win for me today. Benoit is an amazing player so it is a really great win for me," Hurkacz continued. "[It was a] great match. I had to fight a lot but I am so excited that I lifted my first trophy here."

Ranked outside the top 200 at the start of last season and No. 109 this time last year, Hurkacz rises six spots in the latest ATP rankings to a career-high mark of No. 35.

Hurkacz, who made his first Masters 1000 quarter-final in Indian Wells, has four top 10 scalps to his name this year and would be favoured to push towards the top 20 before the season is done.

Meanwhile, it was still a successful week for Paire, who was aiming for a hat-trick of ATP titles in Winston-Salem after winning on the clay of Marrakech and Lyon earlier this year. The Frenchman, who hit his career-high ranking of No. 16 back in 2016, moves up four places to No. 26.

Denis Shapovalov, a semi-finalist in Winston-Salem, climbs five rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 33, with the Canadian still looking to make his first ATP final. Fellow young guns Andrey Rublev and Frances Tiafoe also made small moves up the rankings, rising to No. 43 and No. 45 respectively.

There was no movement in the top 20 as the best players in the world were already in New York preparing for the U.S. Open, which starts today. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the top seed as he looks to become the first man to defend a title at Flushing Meadows since Roger Federer in 2008.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday August 26


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


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Latest ATP Rankings 26 August 2019 - Hubert Hurkacz rises to career-high No. 35 with Winston-Salem title triumph

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