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Latest ATP Rankings 19 June 2017: Lucas Pouille returns to top 15 after winning maiden grass title in Stuttgart

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 19 Jun 2017
  • Latest ATP ranking
  • Pouille back in the top 15 after Stuttgart triumph
  • Muller at career-high ranking after winning second career title in s-Hertogenbosch
Lucas Pouille poses next to the winner's car, a Mercedes-Benz E 400 Cabrio 4 Matic (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Lucas Pouille is back in the top 15 and Gilles Muller has hit a career-high ranking after both players secured ATP World Tour titles on Sunday.






Pouille fired down 29 aces as he came from behind to conquer veteran grass court specialist Feliciano Lopez 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 to claim the Mercedes Cup silverware in Stuttgart. Pouille has now won three titles on three surfaces after claiming the Moselle Open on the hardcourts of Metz last year and the Gazprom Hungarian Open on the clay of Budapest in April.

It was a phenomenal week for Pouille in Stuttgart, with the Frenchman saving a match point in dramatic fashion in the second round on Wednesday against Jan-Lennard Struff. Incredibly, Pouille also saved match points in Budapest against Jiri Vesely in his opener before storming to the title.

“I think I took a little bit more of the opportunities than him. He had some break points and didn't make them, and I had only one or two and I made them. So I think that made the difference,” Pouille said after beating Lopez.

The 23-year-old Pouille moves up one spot in the latest ATP rankings to No. 15 in the world - just two places of his career-high. Lopez meanwhile climbs one rung to No. 32 after his first final in almost 12 months, meaning he’s in line to be seeded at Wimbledon, where he is a three-time quarter-finalist.

Lucas Pouille with the Stuttgart trophy (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Elsewhere, Gilles Muller captured the second title of his career and his second of 2017 after edging Ivo Karlovic in the battle of the big servers 7-6(5) 7-6(4) to lift the Ricoh Open trophy in s-Hertogenbosch.

Muller, 34, and Karlovic, 38, have now played a total of seven sets on grass over three matches - and all seven have been tiebreaks. It was the oldest singles final on the ATP World Tour since Hong Kong in 1977 when a 42-year-old Ken Rosewall beat 30-year-old Ilie Nastase.

“I think we should make a suggestion to the ATP that we just start with the tie-break next time.” said Muller. “It’s always tough to play Ivo and I’m glad I could beat him. I had many friends and a lot of family coming, so it’s been a great week here.”



After coming into 2017 without a title, Muller has now won two (he won Sydney to begin the season), while he also reached a maiden clay final in Estoril. Muller rises two places in the latest rankings to a career-high mark of No. 26, while Karlovic remains at No. 24.

There was minimal movement in the top 20 this week, but that is sure to change next week as 15 of the top 20 compete at ATP 500 tournaments at Queen’s Club and Halle. World No. 1 Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic are some of the names playing at Queen’s, while Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Kei Nishikori and Alexander Zverev line up in Halle.

Emirates ATP World Tour rankings – top 20 as of Monday 19 June, 2017

1. Andy Murray
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Stan Wawrinka
4. Novak Djokovic
5. Roger Federer
6. Milos Raonic
7. Marin Cilic
8. Dominic Thiem
9.     Kei Nishikori
10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (+1)
11. Grigor Dimitrov (+1)
12. Alexander Zverev (-2)
13. David Goffin
14. Tomas Berdych
15. Lucas Pouille (+1)
16. Gael Monfils (-1)
17. Pablo Carreno Busta
18. Jack Sock
19. Roberto Bautista Agut
20. Nick Kyrgios


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Latest ATP Rankings 19 June 2017: Lucas Pouille returns to top 15 after winning maiden grass title in Stuttgart

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