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Latest ATP Rankings 29 July 2019 - Nikoloz Basilashvili stays in top 20 with Hamburg title defence

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 29 Jul 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Basilashvili keeps top 20 spot after defending Hamburg title
  • De Minaur returns to top 25 with Atlanta triumph
Nikoloz Basilashvili (PA Images)

Nikoloz Basilashvili has cemented his spot in the top 20 after successfully defending his Hamburg European Open title, while rising star Alex de Minaur is back into the top 25 with a title triumph in Atlanta.

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One year ago, Basilashvili arrived in Hamburg as the World No. 81 and with a place in the qualifying draw - and now, 12 months later, he’s won his second title in the German city, backing up his maiden tour-level triumph from 2018 with another victory on Sunday, defeating young gun Andrey Rublev in three sets in the final.

Basilashvili has won 12 straight matches in Hamburg dating back to his qualifying days from last year and also saved match points against World No. 5 Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals on Saturday.

“When you have achievements, people want more and expect more,” said Basilashvili. “Everybody is writing to me, everybody is happy. I have a lot of support from home and it is a great feeling.”

Basilashvili - who is the first Georgian to win an ATP World Tour title - remains at his career-high ranking of No. 16. There was a danger he could have slipped out of the top 30 had he lost early in Hamburg.

Rublev also put together a great week despite falling just short in the final. The young Russian has struggled with a bunch of injury setbacks over the last 18 months, but Rublev has risen 29 spots in the latest ATP rankings on the back of reaching his first 500-level final, breaking back into the top 50 at No. 49.

Meanwhile, de Minaur picked up his second ATP title and first outside of Australia as he beat Taylor Fritz in straight sets in the BB&T Atlanta Open final.

De Minaur didn’t face a break point all week in a tremendous display of serving, dropping just seven points throughout the week behind his first delivery. According to the ATP, the 20-year-old is just the third player since 1991 to win a tournament without facing a break point, following on from Tommy Haas in Memphis in 2007 and John Isner in Newport in 2017.

De Minaur is the youngest Atlanta Open champion in history and climbs nine places in the rankings to No. 25, which is one mark shy of his career-high. Fritz, the Eastbourne champion, does hit a career-high ranking, moving up four rungs to No. 28 after reaching his second straight ATP 250 final.

Elsewhere, Albert Ramos-Vinolas captured the second ATP title of his career, defeating Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in straight sets in the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open final in Gstaad.

Ramos-Vinolas, 31, rises 17 places in the latest ATP rankings to No. 68, while Stebe - a former World No. 71 who’s career has been derailed by countless serious injury setbacks - moves up a whopping 198 spots to No. 257.

Three more events take place this week on the ATP World Tour - Stefanos Tsitsipas, Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev and Kevin Anderson lead the field at the 500-level Citi Open in Washington, Dominic Thiem headlines the draw in Kitzbuhel and Fabio Fognini is the top seed in Los Cabos.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday July 29


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


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