Alexander Zverev has re-entered the top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings after emerging triumphant in Montpellier, while Grigor Dimitrov continued his quick-fire push towards the top 10 with a superb title win at home in Sofia.
Next Generation star Zverev completed a dream week in Montpellier after accepting a late wildcard into the ATP 250 event. Not only did the 19-year-old capture his second ATP title with a tremendous 7-6(4) 6-3 victory over defending champion Richard Gasquet, but Zverev also won the doubles silverware with his elder brother Mischa.
Zverev, who is the first player to win a singles and doubles title at the same tournament since Lleyton Hewitt at Newport in 2014, was forced to battle extremely hard throughout the week, toppling Aljaz Bedene, Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets before dispatching Gasquet in straights for the title.
"I'm very happy to win my first title of the year," said Zverev. "Obviously it was a very tough tournament, only one straight-sets match in the whole tournament, today, and it was not an easy one. I think it was a high-level match and I'm happy to get the win.
"It's great to win singles and doubles. I'm very happy the way we played. We only dropped one set in the tournament. I think it was a very successful tournament for the Zverevs."
Alexander Zverev with the Montpellier trophy (Photo by PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Zverev, who snapped Stan Wawrinka’s nine-match winning run in finals to win his maiden title at St. Petersburg late last year, rises three spots in the latest ATP rankings to No. 18. Gasquet, who slipped outside the top 20 briefly last week, has moved back inside at No. 19, one spot behind Zverev.
Meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov continued his stellar 2017 season, delighting home fans by winning the Sofia Open at his first attempt.
Dimitrov cemented himself as one of the form players on tour with a 7-5 6-4 triumph over David Goffin, who was gunning for his first title since 2014.
It’s the sixth title of Dimitrov’s career - and the second of 2017 after he opened the season by defeating three top 10 players to win the Brisbane International. However Dimitrov says nothing compares to winning at home in Bulgaria.
“This is my most prestigious title for sure, winning it at home is a tremendous success for me,” said the 25 year old. “I will treasure this title for the rest of my life, it’s something amazing for me."
Dimitrov, who has the most match wins this season with a 14-1 record, edges ever closer to the top 10 and rises one place to No. 12.
Grigor Dimitrov poses with his trophy (Photo by NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Elsewhere, Quito extraordinaire Victor Estrella Burgos completed a truly incredible three-peat at the Ecuador Open, conquering Paolo Lorenzi in a dramatic three-set battle to emerge with his third straight title.
Estrella Burgos saved a match point - to go with the three he saved in the second round against top seed Ivo Karlovic - to come away with a memorable 6-7(2) 7-5 7-6(6) victory. The 36-year-old from the Dominican Republic is now the only player in ATP World Tour history to win at least three titles at one event and none at any other tournament.
Ranked at 156 due to last year’s Quito points falling off a week early, Estrella Burgos is the lowest-ranked singles champion on the ATP World Tour since Florian Mayer at Halle last year. Estrella Burgos returns to the top 100 with the title victory, climbing 63 spots to No. 93.
Emirates ATP World Tour rankings – top 20 as of Monday 13 February
1. Andy Murray
2. Novak Djokovic
3. Stan Wawrinka
4. Milos Raonic
5. Kei Nishikori
6. Rafael Nadal
7. Marin Cilic
8. Dominic Thiem
9. Roger Federer (+1)
10. Gael Monfils (-1)
11. David Goffin
12. Grigor Dimitrov (+1)
13. Tomas Berdych (-1)
14. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
15. Nick Kyrgios
16. Roberto Bautista Agut
17. Lucas Pouille
18. Alexander Zverev (+3)
19. Richard Gasquet (+3)
20. Ivo Karlovic (-2)