ATP Rankings: Roger Federer hits top-4 again. Tsitsipas cracks top-10

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ATP Rankings: Roger Federer hits top-4 again. Tsitsipas cracks top-10

Two ATP 500 and one smaller ATP 250 event were enough to bring some significant changes on the ATP ranking list, with Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas gaining places after their Dubai campaign. Missing the entire action in February after winning the Australian Open title, Novak Djokovic enjoys the 241st week at the top of the men's standings, preparing himself for the return at Indian Wells where he is the favorite to go all the way and extend his lead over the rest of the field.

Rafael Nadal failed to reduce the gap to Novak last week in Acapulco, squandering three match points against Nick Kyrgios in the second round and having a massive 2600 points deficit over the Serb. Acapulco finalist Alexander Zverev is further 1770 points behind Nadal in the third place, 2000 points clear of Roger Federer who is back inside the top-4 again after lifting his 100th ATP title in Dubai on Saturday.

Roger moved ahead of Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori, emerging just ahead of the Argentinian who will skip Indian Wells where he won the title and 1000 points last year. Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori are 300 and 400 points behind Roger and it should be interesting to recheck the list after the opening Masters 1000 event of the season.

Dominic Thiem has won just three matches so far in 2019 and he will have to raise his level if he wants to stay inside the top-10, still leading Acapulco semi-finalist John Isner by 400 points but with many upcoming stars who want to pass both of them on the list.

Dubai finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas is in the top-10 for the first time after stellar results in the last 12 months, becoming the first player born in 1998 who achieved this and only the seventh from the group of players born in 1991 or later.

Marin Cilic has dropped out from the elite group for the first time since October 2016 and he should bounce back at Indian Wells and Miami if his knee allows him to compete on a high level. Dubai semi-finalist Borna Coric is up to 12th, sending the struggling Russian Karen Khachanov down to 13th after just four wins so far this year.

Nikoloz Basilashvili is on a career-high 18th spot, just ahead of an in-form Gael Monfils who has reached three back-to-back ATP semi-finals for the first time in a career. Kyle Edmund gained four places following his triumph at Indian Wells Challenger, moving ahead of Alex de Minaur and Denis Shapovalov who is yet to show his best tennis in 2019.

Last year's Dubai finalist Lucas Pouille has barely stayed in the top-30, ahead of Marton Fucsovics and Laslo Djere who are on the career-high positions. Acapulco champion Nick Kyrgios is the biggest mover on the list after passing 39 rivals on the list, having the same number of points as Sao Paulo champion Guido Pella.

The Briton Cameron Norrie is in the top-50 for the first time while an 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime enters the top-60 for the first time thanks to another good result on the South American Golden Swing. Overall, 15 players in the top-100 are on the best-ranking position in a career so far, with the Norwegian Casper Ruud completing the list with after breaking inside the top-100 for the first time. ATP Rankings List