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October Movers and Shakers


Tennys Sandgren gets back on the winning track with a quality 64 64 win vs Lucas Pouille in Sweden. It’s the American’s first main draw win since beating Troicki at US Open. Sandgren is holding steady at 62 in the ATP rankings down from a high of 47 in April. Pouille is at 22.

Hyeon Chung, 27 in the world, beat Taylor Fritz, 56, for the second time this year in straight sets, 62 62 today.

Qualifier Ernie Gulbis beat WC Mikael Ymer. Gulbis is 145 in the rankings. 20 year old Ymer is struggling still at 285.

22 year old brother Elias Ymer, still with coach Robin Soderling, beat Max Marterer in three sets as a wildcard. The older Ymer is ranked 135.

Bradley Klahn continues to win matches, today defeating Marius Copil 62 36 64. The Californian is 102 in the world. His four ATP main tour wins this year equals his total career ATP wins before 2018. His career mark in ATP main draws is now 8-25.

Fernando Verdasco beat the dangerous Matt Ebden 64 62 in what was their very first ATP meeting. The 34 year old Spaniard is ranked 29 while Ebden is at his career best 40 at age 30.


Wildcard Nick Kyrgios beat Andrey Rublev in three sets. 20 year old Rublev has dropped to 78 in the world, Nick is lodged at 37.

Benoit Paire avenged his crushing US Open 75 in the fifth loss to Mischa Zverev last year with a third win over the lefty Russian this year. Paire powered to a 76 26 61 win today, his third tough win over Zverev in 2018. They also played once in 2008 in Marseilles qualies, won by Zverev in two sets. The flashy French hotshot is 57 in the world while MZ is 71.

25 year old Russian Egor Gerasimov, ranked 217, beat Damir Dzumhur 61 67 62. Gerasimov is coached by former Wimby semifinalist Vladimir Volchkov. Gerasimov has won 16 career ATP singles matches. Dzumhur is the defending champion of Moscow so his ranking will fall from 39.


37 year old Feliciano Lopez is ranked 70 now but he got a much needed win vs struggling wildcard Frances Tiafoe 64 76. The American is ranked 45.

McKenzie McDonald continues to win matches, taking down Nicolas Jarry today 61 76, Double M is ranked 84. Jarry is at 43.

Jo Wilfried Tsonga returned with a 75 57 76 win vs Pella. It’s his first win since February. Tsonga is now ranked 75 at age 33.

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  • Chazz · October 22, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Fritz up to career high #50 after his win today over Djere. With Fritz and ‘Foe in the top 50 now, something to watch in 2019 is whether either of them will crack the top 30.

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    And Shapovalov loses again, to Cilic. Six weeks of playing in a row, seven if you count Davis Cup. How to mismanage a promising young career?

  • H · October 22, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Scoop I agree, this was too much tennis, too many tourneys in a short time. When I saw his schedule a few weeks ago I wondered what are they thinking.

  • Chazz · October 22, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    FYI, 21 or younger in the top 5 (age):

    5 Zverev (21)
    13 Coric (21)
    16 Tsitsipas (20)
    28 Shapovalov (19)
    31 de Minaur (19)
    43 Tiafoe (20)
    50 Fritz (20)

  • Chazz · October 22, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    “top 5” was supposed to say top 50

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