Latest ATP Rankings 23 July 2018: Fabio Fognini up to No. 14 and rising after winning Bastad title

Andrew Hendrie in Tennis News 22 Jul 2018
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  • Fognini approaching career-high ranking
  • Cecchinato continues push towards top 20
Fabio Fognini

Fabio Fognini is one spot off his career-high ranking of No. 13 after winning his second ATP World Tour title of 2018 at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad on Sunday.


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The enigmatic but supremely gifted Fognini continued one of the most consistent seasons of his career on Sunday, capping an outstanding week in Bastad by securing his seventh ATP World Tour title with a 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory over former top 10 star Richard Gasquet.

Fognini finished strongly to improve his 2018 record to a stellar 31-14. After also reigning supreme on the clay of Sao Paolo in February, Fognini moves up one place in the latest ATP rankings to No. 14 in the world - one rung below his highest ranking, which was achieved back in 2014.

"[After the second set], I was thinking, 'There is only one set left'," said Fognini. "I tried to push myself one more time to bring more good tennis and play aggressively. I think that was the key of the match, starting really solid and really aggressively at the beginning of the third set."
"I'm tired, but happy at the same time. I played a lot of matches this week," he added.

Gasquet was also trying to win a second title of the season after capturing the silverware in s-Hertogenbosch last month. The veteran Frenchman climbs one spot in the rankings to No. 28 courtesy of his runner-up appearance.

Elsewhere, another Italian also emerged triumphant on Sunday, with Marco Cecchinato continuing his magical breakout season by winning his second title of the year at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag.

Fresh off making his first Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open, winning his first ATP World Tour title as a lucky loser in Budapest and reaching his first grass-court semi-final in Eastbourne, Cecchinato is now on the brink of breaking into the top 20 after beginning the season outside the top 100 following his 6-2 7-6(4) triumph over Guido Pella to reign supreme in Umag.

"I think it's the best moment of my life," Cecchinato said. "This year I've won two titles, I made the semi-finals at Roland Garros. I feel good, because tomorrow I'll be No. 22 in the ATP Rankings. I'm very happy, because I'm playing very, very well."

Indeed, Cecchinato moves up five places in the rankings to a career-high mark of No. 22 - and he’s just 60 points off the top 20 as he prepares to contest the ATP 500 event in Hamburg this week. Pella, who stunned Marin Cilic at Wimbledon, fell just short of winning his first ATP World Tour title in his third final, with the Argentine rising 15 sports to No. 57.

Steve Johnson was the third champion on a busy Sunday on the ATP World Tour, with the American surviving a mid-match surge from first-time tour-level finalist Ramkumar Ramanathan to take home the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open title in Newport, prevailing 7-5 3-6 6-2 over the Indian.

"He knows how to play in Newport," Johnson said. "He's very good at the net. I thought I hit a lot of good returns down at the feet and he hit some great volleys. I was just fortunate to get an early break in the third and keep the momentum."

Johnson has now won the last four ATP World Tour finals he has contested, including successfully defending his Houston crown back in April. The former college star climbs 14 places in the rankings to No. 34 in the world, while Ramanathan - who was hoping to become the first Indian to win an ATP singles title in 20 years - rises a whopping 46 spots to a career-high No. 115.

Three more tournaments take place this week, with No. 8 Dominic Thiem headlining the field in Hamburg and No. 9 John Isner leading the draw in Atalanta. Fognini meanwhile will be looking to make it back-to-back titles as he backs up for Gstaad.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday July 23


1. Rafael Nadal
2. Roger Federer
3. Alexander Zverev
4. Juan Martin del Potro
5. Kevin Anderson
6. Grigor Dimitrov
7. Marin Cilic
8. Dominic Thiem (+1)
9. John Isner (-1)
10. Novak Djokovic
11. David Goffin
12. Diego Schwartzman
13. Pablo Carreno Busta
14. Fabio Fognini (+1)
15. Jack Sock (-1)
16. Kyle Edmund
17. Roberto Bautista Agut
18. Nick Kyrgios
19. Lucas Pouille
20. Kei Nishikori


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Latest ATP Rankings 23 July 2018: Fabio Fognini up to No. 14 and rising after winning Bastad title

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