Despite everything, Djokovic continues to write history
He left Flushing without points, or “prize money”, and with a big fine. Novak Djokovic therefore has no real reason to be satisfied with his adventure across the Atlantic. While he had decided at the last moment to play the US Open to get his 18th Grand Slam title, the Serbian was disqualified in the round of 16 for having thrown a ball (involuntarily) at a linesman. He therefore retains his capital like Rafael Nadal, absent in New York: the reform of the ranking allows them to keep their 18 best results from March 2019 to December 2020. The gap therefore remains of 1010 units between them. Guaranteed to overtake him next week, Djokovic equals Pete Sampras with 286 weeks spent at the top of the world hierarchy. What to find the smile.
Nadal feels Thiem’s breath
Sunday, Dominic Thiem went after himself to win his first Grand Slam title. If he remains 3rd in the standings, his snatch victory against Alexander Zverev allows him to return to 725 short lengths of 2nd place Rafael Nadal. The German, he remains 7th, but is now behind Stefanos Tsitsipas (525 points difference). In the top 10, there is ultimately only one change to note: Roberto Bautista Agut (10th) takes the place of David Goffin (11th). If the Spaniard was taken out in the 3rd round by Vasek Pospisil, he still gained 80 points in the affair (he had been eliminated in the 1st round in 2019), thus sufficient to grab a place.
Carreno Busta returns to the top 20
He was the main beneficiary of the misadventure of the world number 1. But he didn’t stop there. Because Pablo Carreno Busta then got the better of Denis Shapovalov (now 14th, 3 places gained) to join the second semi-final of his career at the US Open after 2017. The Spaniard thus makes a remarkable comeback in the top 20 for the first time since March 2019. Now 18th, he had not been so well ranked for two years. Six rows ahead of him, Andrey Rublev confirms his constant progress and approaches the top 10 (12th) after his first quarter in a Grand Slam. Félix Auger-Aliassime also rejoins the 20, to the detriment of Cristian Garin (21st) and Grigor Dimitrov (22nd).
Coric and Kecmanovic at the party
If he is still far from the best ranking of his career (12th in November 2018), Borna Coric took advantage of this US Open to revive and regain a good part of his confidence. Miraculous but deserving winner of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 3rd round, he pushed the adventure until the quarter-finals, his new benchmark in Majors, where he gave Alexander Zverev a cold sweat. The top 25 is now in sight for him (26th) and he could see higher thanks to a newfound confidence. While the spotlight was on Flushing, Miomir Kecmanovic offered his side the first title of his career at Kitzbühel on clay. He entered the top 40 for the first time in his career at just 21 years old.
Moutet still rises
This New York fortnight has been difficult to say the least for French players. None managed to find their way in the second week. But with Adrian Mannarino, Corentin Moutet undeniably limited the damage. Despite a defeat in the third round against Félix Auger-Aliassime, he achieved a good performance by releasing Daniel Evans, 33rd in the world, previously. His best Grand Slam result equaled, he found himself 69th, the best ranking of his career. He is ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina who, thanks to his round of 16, makes the biggest leap in the top 100 hierarchy (29 places gained). Finally, note that Andy Murray (110th), eliminated in the second round, is slowly but surely approaching the top 100.
- They are 7 to post this week the best ranking of their career in the Top 100. Andrey Rublev (12th, +2 places), Miomir Kecmanovic (39th, +8), Corentin Moutet (69th, +8), Alejandro Davidovich Fokina ( 70th, +29), Salvatore Caruso (87th, +13), Emil Ruusuvuori (91st, +1) and Marcos Giron (93rd, +3) have restarted well.
- For others, this American recovery is going badly. Juan Ignacio Londero (67th, -5 places), Jiri Vesely (72nd, -5), Joao Sousa (74th, -6), Pierre-Hugues Herbert (75e, -6), Radu Albot (76e, -6), Mikael Ymer (77e, -6), Soonwoo Kwon (77e, -6), Egor Gerasimov (80e, -8), Jannik Sinner (81e, -7), Philipp Kohlschreiber (82e, -7), Attila Balazs (83e, -5), Gianluca Mager (85e, -5), Thiago Monteiro (88e, -5), James Duckworth (89e, -5), Dennis Novak (90e, -5), Yasutaka Uchiyama (92e, -6), Yuchi Sugita (94e, -6), Andreas Seppi (96e, -7), Dominik Köpfer (97e, -6) et Gregoire Barrère (100th, -7) lose ground.
The Top 20 at 09/14
|10.||Roberto Bautista Agut||Spain||2620|
|18.||Pablo Carreno Busta||Spain||2130|