He didn’t have an ideal week at the Rolex Paris Masters this past week - he was bundled out in his opening match - but the ATP World Tour’s biggest breakthrough star this year, Alexander Zverev, has broken even newer ground this week, rising to a new career-high ranking of No.3 in the world.
Zverev came into 2017 with just one ATP World Tour title to his name and having never reached the second week of a major, but he’s bettered both of those stats in a big way, winning five more titles (including his first two Masters 1000 crowns in Rome and Montreal) and reaching the second week of a major for the first time at Wimbledon (falling to 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic in five sets).
With Andy Murray’s points from last year’s Rolex Paris Masters and ATP Finals both dropping off this week, the Brit tumbles down from No.3 to No.16, allowing Zverev to inch up from No.4 to No.3.
And the German did manage to produce one memorable highlight in his loss against Robin Haase:
But his real highlights of 2017 came in his massive Masters 1000 triumphs, first at Rome in May:
And then at Montreal in August, where he stunned his childhood idol, Roger Federer, in the final:
Zverev isn’t the only top player who set a new career-high on this week’s rankings, either. Dominic Thiem moved to a new career-high of No.4, Grigor Dimitrov moved up to a new career-high of No.6, David Goffin set a new high of No.8 and Paris champion Jack Sock debuted in the Top 10 at No.9.
There were several shifts in the Top 10 due to Murray and Novak Djokovic falling down the rankings. Murray, who’s nursing a hip injury, is out of the Top 10 for the first time since the week of October 13, 2014, and at his lowest ranking since the week of May 5, 2008. Djokovic, who’s been out due to his elbow, fell from No.7 to No.12, his first time out of the Top 10 since the week of March 12, 2007.
And since the 30-year-old Djokovic was still a teenager that week, that means the Serb, a 12-time Grand Slam champion and former No.1, spent his entire 20s - yes, his entire 20s - in the Top 10.