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Latest ATP Rankings 7 January 2019 - Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson cement top 10 spots after winning titles in first week of 2019

  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Nishikori and Anderson remain in top 10 following title triumphs in Brisbane and Pune
  • Bautista Agut stays in the top 25 after stunning run to Doha silverware
Kei Nishikori (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Kei Nishikori has consolidated his spot inside the top 10 after winning his first ATP World Tour title in almost three years at the Brisbane International on Sunday night.

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Without a singles title since Memphis in February 2016, Nishikori launched his 2019 season in spectacular style at the Brisbane International, winning the ATP 250 title for the loss of just one set throughout the week, conquering former champion Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals before taking out rising star Daniil Medvedev 6-4 3-6 6-2, avenging his Tokyo final defeat to the Russian from last year.

Two years after losing to Dimitrov in the Brisbane final, Nishikori becomes the first Japanese champion at the event, capturing his 12th career title and first in almost three years.

"To win the tournament is very emotional. That's why I'm playing," said Nishikori. "I was trying in every final and every tournament... I played a great match against Dimitrov and today's match was another good tennis [match]. I'm sure Daniil is going to be [in the] Top 10 soon."

Nishikori remains at No. 9 in the world after finishing his 2018 campaign by qualifying for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals, while Medvedev - who is defending the Sydney International title this week - stays at No. 16, which is his career-high.

Over in Doha, Roberto Bautista Agut completed a stunning run to the title, backing up his incredible upset of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic by defeating Tomas Berdych 6-4 3-6 6-3 in the final to secure his ninth career title.

Roberto Bautista Agut (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Bautista Agut has developed a habit of playing his best tennis in the very first week of new seasons - he’s also won the Chennai title twice, along with a pair of Auckland crowns in the second week. The win over Berdych also doubled as his 250th tour-level match victory.

"It was a great start to the season," Bautista Agut said. "I wish to feel good physically, mentally, like I am now, like I felt this week. And if this happens, I think I can get better in the [ATP] Rankings, and why not be closer to the Top 10?"

The Spaniard rises one spot in the latest ATP rankings to No. 23 in the world, while Berdych, who missed the last six months of 2018 with a back injury, climbs 14 places back up to No. 57.

Elsewhere, Kevin Anderson and Ivo Karlovic played out the tallest ATP final in the Open Era at the Tata Open Maharashtra, with the 6'8" Anderson edging the 6'11" Karlovic in a third set tiebreak, 7-6(4) 6-7(2) 7-6(5).

One year after finishing runner-up to Gilles Simon in Pune, Anderson went one step further in 2019, withstanding 36 aces from Karlovic and firing 21 himself during the tight victory.

"I really wanted to go one step further than last year," said Anderson at the trophy ceremony. "You don't get to win tournaments every week, so when you do it is very special and it is something that definitely means a lot to me."

After compiling a career-best season in 2018, highlighted by a Wimbledon runner-up finish, winning a maiden ATP 500 title in Vienna and making the semi-finals of the ATP Finals, Anderson stays at No. 6 in the world, while the 39-year-old Karlovic - the oldest player to reach a tour-level final since a 43-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1977 - moves up 31 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 69.

There wasn’t much movement inside the top 20 during the first week of the season, with Doha quarter-finalist Nikoloz Basilashvili making his top 20 debut and Grigor Dimitrov dropping out of the top 20 for the first time in two years. Nick Kyrgios also continues to fall, with the Australian failing to defend his Brisbane title and slipping out of the top 50.

John Isner is the lone top 10 player in action this week (ASB Classic in Auckland) as most of the top players head to Melbourne to prepare for next week’s Australian Open, while Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the field in Sydney.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday January 7


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


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Latest ATP Rankings 7 January 2019 - Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson cement top 10 spots after winning titles in first week of 2019

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