First Final Pushes Edmund To New Career-High, Mover Of The Week
16 April 2018 09:28
No. 23 Kyle Edmund, +3
Britain's No. 1 has gone from one career first to another this week. The 23-year-old advanced to his maiden ATP World Tour final on Sunday at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, falling to Spain's Pablo Andujar.
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But Edmund still has reason to celebrate as he prepares for the season's first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament on clay at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. The Brit reached a new career-high of No. 23 in the ATP Rankings on Monday.
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No. 34 Richard Gasquet, +4
The 31-year-old Frenchman continued his climb up the ATP Rankings by making the semi-finals in Marrakech (l. to Edmund). The former World No. 7 didn't drop a set en route to his second semi-final of the season (Montpellier). Gasquet also moved closer to a career milestone: He is only three wins away from becoming the first Frenchman in the Open Era to record 500 ATP World Tour singles victories.
No. 47 Tennys Sandgren, +8
The American showed that his Australian Open quarter-final run was no fluke by reaching his first ATP World Tour final at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston. The 26-year-old Sandgren is inside the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings for the first time. In Houston, Sandgren beat Slovakia's Blaz Kavcic, Argentines Nicolas Kicker and Guido Pella and Croatian Ivo Karlovic before falling to compatriot Steve Johnson in three sets.
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No. 66 Taylor Fritz, +6
The #NextGenATP right-hander made his first ATP World Tour semi-final on clay in Houston, beating a trio of countrymen – Tim Smyczek, Ryan Harrison and No. 16 Jack Sock – before falling to eventual champion Steve Johnson in the semi-finals. Before Houston, Fritz had played only three tour-level matches on clay. He's now 13 spots away from matching his career-high of No. 53, which he reached in 2016, his first year on the ATP World Tour.
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No. 154 Pablo Andujar, +201
The 32-year-old Spaniard became the lowest-ranked ATP World Tour champion in 20 years on Sunday, beating Edmund to win the Grand Prix Hassan II for a record third time. Two months ago, Andujar was No. 1,824 in the ATP Rankings. He entered Sunday's final at No. 355. Andujar dropped only one set en route to his fourth ATP World Tour title. . read full article