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Ranking Reaction: Tsitsipas hits new high of No. 4, Krejcikova surges into Top 20
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also slid back into the Top 20 after reaching her first Grand Slam final.
Published Jun 14, 2021
A day after becoming the first Greek player ever to contest a Grand Slam final—and coming within a set of lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires, having been up two sets to love on Novak Djokovic—Stefanos Tsitsipas hits a new career-high on the ATP rankings this week, rising from No. 5 to No. 4.
The 22-year-old was already the first Greek player to reach the Top 10 in the history of the ATP or WTA rankings, and now he continues his climb towards the top, switching spots with Dominic Thiem.
Had he won the title, he would have passed Rafael Nadal for No. 3, too. But Tsitsipas will most definitely be challenging Nadal for a spot in the Top 3 in the weeks to come—the Greek lost in the first round of Wimbledon the last time it was played in 2019, while the Spaniard reached the semifinals.
Tsitsipas was asked how his experience at Roland Garros could help him in the grass-court season.
“Well, I got a lot of points. I don’t know whether I moved up in the rankings or not. I’m happy with the way I performed, the way I tried things, even if they didn’t work, considering today as well,” he said. “I don’t think I have regrets. Could have easily cried, but I see no reason for me crying because I tried everything. I couldn’t come up with anything better.
“I’m looking forward to the grass-court season. I see there are opportunities there for me. I like the grass. I like playing on grass. Didn’t have the best results a few years ago, before COVID, when I last played on grass.
“I’m going to try and adapt my game to this surface. I think I have the game to play well on grass, too. I just need to be open-minded and adapt my game to this new, exciting surface.”
There were a few more notable career-highs a little further down the ATP rankings, with Casper Ruud rising from No. 16 to No. 15, his Top 15 debut, after reaching the third round of Roland Garros, and American Tommy Paul rising from No. 52 to No. 50, his Top 50 debut, after a second round showing.
The two youngest players in the ATP Top 100 also reached new highs after terrific performances in Paris, with Lorenzo Musetti rising from No. 76 to No. 61 after reaching the fourth round in his Grand Slam debut, and Carlos Alcaraz going from No. 97 to No. 78 after a third round showing.
The most significant moves on the WTA rankings came from the last two women standing in Paris, with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova rising from No. 32 to No. 19 after reaching her first major final, her first time inside the Top 20 since the 2018 Australian Open, and Barbora Krejcikova jumping from No. 33 to No. 15 after winning her first major, her first time in the Top 20 at all—or even the Top 30.
Also among the new career-highs was Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, who made her Top 50 debut all the way from No. 85, rising to No. 47 after reaching her first major semifinal in Paris, and Coco Gauff, who went from No. 25 to No. 23 after reaching her first major quarterfinal in the French capital.