Rankings: ATP movers and shakers of 2018

Published by Bede Briscomb & Matt Trollope

Andy Murray has struggled with injury all year while Novak Djokovic has enjoyed a successful comeback (Getty Images)
The complexion of the top 20 has changed dramatically – and now skews far younger – as we highlight the biggest risers and backsliders over the past 12 months in the ATP rankings.

As we look at the rankings with another ATP season in the books, the make-up of the year-end top 20 has changed drastically compared with 12 months ago.

Gone from the top 20 are established stars like Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Goffin and Jack Sock.

Into their place have stormed a troupe of rising stars – such as Karen Khachanov, Borna Coric and Kyle Edmund – who are beginning to fulfill the promise that saw them chosen as the faces of the ATP’s Next Gen campaign when it was launched in March 2016.

Rankings risers

Player 2017* 2018* Rise Notable result
Novak Djokovic 12 1 +11 Wimbledon (W), US Open (W)
Karen Khachanov 45 11 +34 Paris Masters (W)
Borna Coric 48 12 +36 Halle (W)
Fabio Fognini 27 13 +14 Los Cabos (W)
Kyle Edmund 50 14 +36 Australian Open (SF)
Stefanos Tsitsipas 89 15 +74 Stockholm (W)
Daniil Medvedev 65 16 +49 Tokyo (W)
Nikoloz Basilashvili
59 21 +38 Beijing (W)
Hyeon Chung 58 25 +33 Australian Open (SF)
Denis Shapovalov 51 27 +24 Madrid Masters (SF)
Gael Monfils 46 29 +17 Doha (W)
Alex de Minaur 208 31 +177 Washington DC (F)
Frances Tiafoe 79 39 +40 Delray Beach (W)

* year-end

Significant improvements in the rankings were not only restricted to young guns, although few impressed as much as the fast-rising Australian teenager Alex de Minaur.

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Novak Djokovic enjoyed one of the more impressive returns, rising from outside the top 20 in July to finish the season at No.1. Italian veteran Fabio Fognini halved his ranking after finally breaking through for his first ever ATP hard court title – among three trophies in 2018 – while enduring Frenchman Gael Monfils recovered from an injury-plagued 2017 season to return to the top 30.

Backsliding

Player 2017* 2018* Drop Notable result
Grigor Dimitrov 3 19 -16 Rotterdam (F)
David Goffin 7 22 -15 Cincinnati Masters (SF)
Pablo Carreno Busta 10 23 -13 Miami Masters (SF)
Sam Querrey 13 51 -38 New York (F)
Stan Wawrinka 9 66 -57 Cincinnati Masters (QF)
Andrey Rublev 39 68 -29 Doha (F)
Tomas Berdych 19 71 -52 Australian Open (QF)
Jack Sock 8 106 -98 Paris Masters (QF)
Jared Donaldson 54 111 -57 N/A
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 15 259  -244 N/A
Andy Murray 16 260 -244 Washington (QF)
Donald Young 61 277  -216 N/A

* year-end

Those falling in the rankings were mostly the victim of injuries.

Hip surgery severely limited Murray’s time on court while Wawrinka was plagued with knee troubles before a late recovery. Berdych shut down his season before Wimbledon due to a troublesome back and Tsonga missed seven months of 2018 because of knee surgery.

The drops suffered by Dimitrov and Sock, however, were more perplexing, given neither player appeared to be carrying any injuries. Yet Sock enjoyed some consolation on the doubles court, combining with Mike Bryan to hoist the Wimbledon, US Open and ATP Finals trophies.

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