Latest ATP Rankings 7 May 2018: Alexander Zverev remains World No. 3 after defending Munich title

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  • Zverev stays No. 3 after defending Munich crown
  • Sousa and Daniel make big jumps after taking home Estoril and Istanbul crowns
Alexander Zverev with the Munich trophy and a brand new BMW (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for BMW)

Alexander Zverev has cemented his top three status after successfully defending his BMW Open by FWU title in Munich on Sunday.

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After a slow start to the season, rising star Zverev has played some excellent tennis over the last couple of months, backing up his run to the Miami Masters final and Monte-Carlo Masters semi-finals by picking up his seventh career title in Munich, winning his second straight trophy at the ATP 250 event with a 6-3 6-3 dispatch of three-time champion and veteran compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Zverev improves to 12-3 lifetime in Munich and 21-7 in 2018 as he secured his first ATP title since the Montreal Masters back in August.

Alexander Zverev (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
"I am obviously very happy with how I played," said Zverev. "[I am] very happy to get back-to-back titles here [in Munich]. It is a very special event for me so I am very happy that I could defend my title."

The 21-year-old remains at No. 3 in the latest ATP rankings, behind only Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Zverev now holds a 245-point buffer over new World No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov, who leapfrogged Marin Cilic after the Croatian failed to defend his Istanbul title.

Speaking of Istanbul, it was a huge week in the Turkish city for Taro Daniel, with the Japanese No. 3 winning his first ever ATP World Tour title at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open.

Daniel, who beat Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells earlier this season, capped a dream week in Istanbul by conquering fellow first-time tour-level finalist Malek Jaziri 7-6(4) 6-4 in Sunday’s final.

"Obviously really happy. I think today was a great match, a lot of long rallies from the beginning until the end," Daniel said. "Very happy. I'm obviously pretty surprised that I suddenly won an ATP [World Tour title]. But I guess things like this happen."

Never previously having reached an ATP semi-final before this week, Daniel rises a whopping 32 spots in the rankings to a career-high mark of No. 82. Jaziri meanwhile rises 16 places after reaching the final to No. 62.

Elsewhere, Joao Sousa became the first man from Portugal to win the Millennium Estoril Open, snapping a 29-year-old drought for the nation at it’s home tournament.

Cheered on by a raucous home crowd, Sousa toppled Next Generation star Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-4 to win his third ATP World Tour title and first since 2015.

"It's just amazing. It's a dream come true," Sousa said. "It is very special for a Portuguese player to win here on home soil. I know how hard the organisation worked to make this tournament one of the best in the world and it's just amazing. The crowd was unbelievable."

Sousa returns to the top 50 courtesy of the triumph, moving up 20 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 48, while Tiafoe, who advanced to his first ATP clay-court final, climbs eight further places to No. 56.

The world’s best players have already gathered in the Spanish capital this week for the Madrid Masters, with Rafael Nadal once again needing to defend his title in order to hold off Roger Federer and stay No. 1 for another week.

Emirates ATP World Rankings Top 20, May 7, 2018


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


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