The first Masters 1000 tournament of the season at Indian Wells is behind us and it caused some huge turmoils in the top-10, setting the ground for an even more interesting Miami Masters at Hard Rock Stadium that kicks off this week.
Novak Djokovic is spending his 243rd week on the ATP throne despite an early loss at Indian Wells to Philipp Kohlschreiber. Novak is still 2265 points clear of Rafael Nadal in the second and the Spaniard failed to reduce the gap more, withdrawing ahead of the semi-final clash with Roger Federer due to a knee injury, also skipping Miami Masters as well.
Alexander Zverev stayed third on the list without big points from the desert, feeling sick during the entire opening week and taking only four games against Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round to hit the exit door, hoping for a much better run in Miami.
Dominic Thiem is undoubtedly much more pleased in comparison to the players we mentioned, going all the way to win the first Masters 1000 title after losing two finals in Madrid in the previous two seasons, passing four players on the list to become the world no.
4 for the first time in a career! Heading to Indian Wells with a mediocre 3-4 score, Dominic defeated five rivals (an in-form Gael Monfils gave him a walkover in the quarters) to lift the biggest title of his career and grab 1000 points that sent him ahead of Roger Federer.
The Swiss lost in the title match for the second straight year in the desert, dropping to the fifth spot but maintaining a healthy lead over Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson and Juan Martin del Potro who had to skip both Indian Wells (he was the defending champion) and Miami to find himself in the eighth place.
Juan Martin is just 100 points clear of Miami champion John Isner and Stefanos Tsitsipas is the one who closes the top-10 group despite an early loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime. Karen Khachanov stayed on the court against Rafael Nadal for more than two hours and has passed Borna Coric on the list after the first solid result of the season.
David Goffin is back inside the top-20 even though he had two miserable weeks at Indian Wells and Phoenix, and there were no new players in the top-30. Hubert Hurkacz played in his first Masters 1000 quarter-final and the reward is evident, cracking the top-60 for the first time and gaining 13 places on the list.
The 19-year-old Serb Miomir Kecmanovic is the newest player to enter the top-100 for the first time, reaching the last eight at Indian Wells as a lucky loser for the career-best result and 35 rivals he managed to pass. ATP ranking