The Argentine was surpassed by the Russian Rublev, winner in Saint Petersburg. This week he will play in Cologne, where he will have the opportunity to regain his best position.
Diego Schwartzman took a well-deserved week off after a hectic month that included the final at the Masters 1000 in Rome and the semi-finals at Roland Garros, the last Grand Slam of the year. Those remarkable performances catapulted him to eighth place in the ATP rankings, his best ever professional position.
However, Schwartzman has already lost that privilege despite still being in the select batch of the top ten. In the scale published this Monday, the Argentine lost one position and appears in the ninth step of the classification.
What happened? By taking a week off and not being part of the ATP 500 in St. Petersburg, he left the plate served to his closest pursuers. And the one who did not miss the opportunity was the Russian Andrei Rublev, who was crowned champion in his land by beating Croatian Borna Coric 7-6 (5) and 6-4 and made an interesting jump in the ranking.
Rublev climbed two positions and took eighth place from Schwartzman, who took 249 points of light in the classification.
Eye, the porteño you will have the opportunity to recover almost immediately its best location at the ATP 250 in Cologne, on hard and indoor courts, in Germany. That does need to win the tournament to overtake the Russian who, unlike Schwartzman, will take the break this week that has just begun.
Beyond the fact that Peque wants to finish the year among the top 10 – he is the thirteenth Argentine tennis player to achieve it in the Open era – his main objective is to qualify for the ATP Finals, the traditional Masters, in London.
To achieve this he will have to finish in the top eight of the ATP Race, where he is currently also in ninth place, although mathematically he is qualifying because the Swiss Roger Federer will be out of the circuit until next year.
For now Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Danil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev already have their place assured. For the two remaining places and for the places as relays there are seven applicants. They are Rublev (3429 accumulated points in the year), Schwartzman (3180), Mateo Berrettini (3075), Gael Monfils (2860), Denis Shapovalov (2830), Roberto Bautista Agut (2710) and David Goffin (2555).
Therefore, despite the quest to recover eighth place in the ranking, the premise of the Argentine is to add the necessary points to reach the capital of the United Kingdom to play against the best of the year at the end of the season.
1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 11,740 points
2. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 9,850 points
3. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 9,125 points
4. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6,630 points
5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) 5,925 points
6. Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 5,890 points