ATP Rankings Following the January 9th Update: 6 Players on the Up
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The ATP have updated their tennis rankings as the results from ATP Chennai, ATP Brisbane and ATP Doha are all final.
In Chennai, tennis fans saw more evidence of an emerging star as 21-year-old Milos Raonic claimed his second ATP title by defeating Janko Tipsarevic in the championship match.
In Brisbane, Andy Murray consolidated his status as a favorite to win the Australian Open as the Scot defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov in Sunday's final.
The updated tennis rankings always have players heading up and players heading down. What follows are the six players who made the biggest jumps within the top 100 after the Jan. 9th, 2012 update.
The list is organized according to the players' new rankings.
Milos Raonic Equals Career-High Ranking
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Of the three tour events from last week, ATP Chennai was the tournament with the weakest field. The second seed in the event, for example, was Nicolas Almagro, and the Spaniard is hardly a dangerous hard-courter.
Raonic was able to best Almagro in the semifinals as well as Janko Tipsarevic in a very tight final. In doing so, the 21-year-old Canadian claimed his second ATP title, something Tipsarevic, who is six-and-a-half years older than Raonic, never did until last season.
Besides the title, Raonic picked up 250 ranking points with the Chennai win and he has equaled his career-high ranking of No. 25, up six spots from last week's ranking of No. 31.
Bernard Tomics Leaps into the Top 40
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Bernard Tomic played well at ATP Brisbane. As a result, he has achieved a new career-high ranking of world No. 37.
Tomic made the semifinals in Brisbane, where he was outclassed by Andy Murray. Despite that loss, the Aussie picked up 90 ranking points and moved up five spots.
Tomic looks to be a dangerous floater at the 2012 Australian Open. He made the third round there last season and will need to do just as well this month in order to prevent a ranking slide.
Denis Istomin Inches Up Six Spots
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Denis Istomin received a little bit of good fortune in Brisbane last week after making the quarterfinal round (losing to Tomic).
The Uzbekistani never actually won a match point in the tournament, as Florian Mayer retired in the first round and Tommy Haas provided a walkover in the second round.
Luck comes and goes on tour, and any way you slice it, Istomin picked up 45 ranking points. Since he was only ranked No. 73 at this time last week, those points are enough to see him rise up six spots as he is now the world No. 67.
Dudi Sela Getting Back to His Best Tennis?
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Dudi Sela of Israel may be getting back to his best tennis. That hardly makes him a threat for titles on tour; however, the Israeli did peak at world No. 29 in July of 2009.
He still has a lot of work to do to get back to that position, but he's trending in the right direction.
Sela nearly served Fabio Fognini a double bagel in the first round of ATP Chennai last week. The Israeli then won his second-round match against Benoit Paire of France.
Although eventual Chennai titlist Milos Raonic would not let Sela into the semifinals, Sela still managed to move up ten spots in the rankings with 45 ranking points.
Sela is now ranked No. 73 in the world. If he stays healthy, the Top 50 should definitely be welcoming him back sooner or later.
Jeremy Chardy Avoids the Tour Events but Still Makes a Big Jump
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France's Jeremy Chardy spent several weeks of 2011 ranked outside of the Top 100. However, the 24-year-old put a stop to that last week with five match-wins.
Chardy was not part of either the Chennai, Brisbane or Doha draw; however, he was still active on the tennis courts as he entered a challenger event in New Caledonia, an Island in the South Pacific.
There wasn't much in Chardy's way at the challenger event as he never faced anyone ranked higher than No. 160-ranked Ruben Bemelmans. However, the 103 ranking points he picked up with the title still count, seeing Chardy rise 21 spots in the Monday rankings.
He is now ranked No. 82 on tour with his career-high being world No. 31 from late 2009.
While Chardy is still ranked way too low for a seeding at the Aussie, if he gets into a good part of the draw, the Frenchman could end up in the third round. He is a player whose ranking does not strongly correlate to his talent level at this time.
Go Soeda of Japan Back in Top 100
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Go Soeda of Japan is back into the Top 100 for just the fifth week in his career.
Soeda blazed through three qualifying matches in Chennai before winning three more matches in the main draw. Tipsarevic walked all over Soeda in the semifinals, but the Japanese player should still be happy with where he is right now.
Soeda's best tennis has only ever taken him to the world No. 90 ranking as he made it that high in April of 2011.
However, with straight sets victories over Ivan Dodig and defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka in Chennai, Soeda may soon reach new heights.
Soeda has never won a Grand Slam match before, but if he's playing well enough to defeat Dodig and Wawrinka handily, the Japanese player might do that at Melbourne Park, provided he's not plunked down beside a seeded player or dangerous floater.