With one ATP 500 event and two on the ATP 250 level, the leading players of the ATP ranking list had taken another week off ahead of more serious events in Montreal, Cincinnati and New York. Novak Djokovic is spending the 262nd week on the ATP throne, moving another step closer to Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl who are just a couple of weeks ahead of him, also deciding to skip Montreal and take more rest after that thrilling Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.
Rafael Nadal is 4470 points behind Novak, having to defend the title at Canada Masters to avoid an even bigger deficit ahead of the closing stages of the season, leading the draw in Montreal together with Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev since Roger Federer decided to skip Canada as well.
The Austrian and the German are separated by 180 points, both entering the ATP 500 tournament in Hamburg last week and not leaving it with a smile on their faces. Thiem lost to Andrey Rublev in two tie breaks while Zverev wasted two match points versus Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semis, still standing on just one small title so far in 2019.
Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the draw in Washington, together with Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev, Kevin Anderson and John Isner, with Kei Nishikori opting to withdraw and come back in Montreal. Newly-promoted top-10 stars Fabio Fognini and Daniil Medvedev have switched positions on the list, together with Borna Coric and John Isner who failed to defend the title in Atlanta, losing to Reilly Opelka in three tie breaks.
Nikoloz Basilashvili stayed in the top-20 after defending the title in Hamburg and 500 points, overcoming all the obstacles and winning the third ATP 500 crown in a career. Matteo Berrettini couldn't defend the title in Gstaad due to an injury and had to give three places away, with Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Felix Auger-Aliassime all moving ahead of him.
Atlanta champion Alex de Minaur gained nine places, followed by the beaten finalist Taylor Fritz who is in the top-30 for the first time in a career. Atlanta semi-finalist Reilly Opelka is also on a career-high ranking, cracking the top-45 and standing as the biggest mover in the top-50 behind Hamburg finalist Andrey Rublev who is back inside that group for the first time since September last year.
Gstaad winner Albert Ramos-Vinolas moved in front of 16 rivals to find himself in the top-70 again while Nicolas Jarry and Leonardo Mayer lost 17 and 30 spots respectively. ATP Ranking