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Latest ATP Rankings 29 April 2019 - Dominic Thiem consolidates top five spot after winning Barcelona Open title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 29 Apr 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Thiem stays in the top five with Barcelona title
  • Berrettini cracks top 40 for the first time after winning Budapest crown
Dominic Thiem (PA Images)

Dominic Thiem has cemented his top five status after winning the biggest clay title of his career at the 500-level Barcelona Open on Sunday.

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Thiem became just the fourth player in the last 15 years to reign supreme in Barcelona, joining 11-time champion Rafael Nadal, two-time winner Kei Nishikori and Fernando Verdasco on the prestigious honour roll after coming from behind to steamroll past seventh seed Daniil Medvedev.

Thiem fell behind 0-3 in the opening set as the Russian mixed up the pace and forced the Austrian into uncomfortable positions, but once Thiem found his range it was curtains, with the World No. 5 winning 12 of the last 13 games to ultimately cruise to a 6-4 6-0 victory and capture his 13th ATP World Tour title and ninth on clay.

Although he won the 500-level Rio Open a couple of years ago, this is definitely Thiem’s biggest clay title and his first piece of silverware above 250 level in Europe. Thiem is also the first Austrian to win the Barcelona crown since Thomas Muster in 1996.

“Winning this means a lot to me because it’s such a traditional and special tournament,” said Thiem. “Only great players have won here. Rafa has won it 11 times and it means a lot that Muster won it twice. It’s a big moment for me."

Thiem, who earned his fourth win in as many years over Nadal in the semi-finals, consolidates his No. 5 ranking and moves to within 505 points of Roger Federer at No. 4. Thiem will be defending runner-up points in Madrid and Roland Garros over the coming month, so accumulating an extra 500 points will ease some of the pressure.

Meanwhile, it was still a fantastic tournament for Medvedev, despite the disappointing of losing the final and needing treatment for a shoulder injury.

The Russian has won more matches than anyone on tour this season with 25 victories, while he’s made at least the semi-finals in five of his nine events. Medvedev remains at No. 14 in the world, but with just 30 points to defend between now and the end of Roland Garros, there’s an excellent chance for him to rise into the top 10 if he continues his current form.

Elsewhere, the underrated Matteo Berrettini has climbed into the top 40 for the first time after winning his second ATP World Tour title at the Hungarian Open in Budapest.

Arriving in Budapest on a five-match losing streak at tour-level, Berrettini reminded everyone that he has the ability to crack the top 20 or even higher this season as he came back from a set down to upstage qualifier Filip Krajinovic 4-6 6-3 6-1 in Sunday’s final, adding the Budapest title to the Gstaad silverware he secured last season.

"It was a really tough match. The conditions [were tough], it was cold and windy. The balls were moving a lot. So I was really focused on my game," Berrettini said. "After the first set I just told myself to fight game after game, point after point and I'm really happy because it was really difficult."

Berrettini rises 18 spots in the latest ATP rankings to a career-high No. 37 in the world, while Krajinovic, who dropped out the top 100 earlier this season, is back up to No. 77.

There wasn’t much movement elsewhere in the top 20, although Stefanos Tsitsipas drops down two spots to No. 10 after failing to defend his Barcelona runner-up points.

Tsitsipas leads the field at the Estoril Open ATP 250 tournament this week, alongside Monte-Carlo champion Fabio Fognini, while No. 3 Alexander Zverev will be determined to recapture his best tennis as he headlines the BMW Open Munich draw.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday April 29


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


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