Taylor Fritz continues to thrive at the top of the American men’s food chain. The California Nativa has enjoyed a wildly successful campaign in 2022, which included his maiden Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells, his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Wimbledon, and four Top-10 wins.
Thanks to his title in Tokyo this weekend, Fritz rises from No.11 to No.8 in the rankings, making his Top-10 debut. He is the first American to make his Top-10 debut since Jack Sock in November of 2017.
“It means so much,” he said of the accomplishment. “Top 10 is always one of those goals you have as a kid. Growing up, it’s a massive milestone. Obviously I want more, I want to go even higher, but, I mean, Top 10 is just a huge achievement that you always dream of.
“And no one can ever take it away from me—I was a Top 10 player.”
“I want more, I want to go even higher, but Top-10 is a huge achievement that you always dream of – no one can ever take it away from me.”
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 8, 2022
Fritz also jumps to No.7 in the ATP’s Race to Turin, which puts him in position to nab the last available spot for the season-ending championships. But there is still plenty of tennis be played. The ATP Finals roster will be set after the Paris Masters on November 6.
Here is how the current Top-10 in the Race to Turin shapes up (not that Novak Djokovic has already qualified on the strength of his Wimbledon title):
Alcaraz, 6460 (qualified)
Nadal, 5810 (qualified)
Ruud, 4930 (qualified)
Tsitsipas, 4930 (qualified)
Djokovic, 2720 (qualified)
Tiafoe Continues to Rise
It’s another career-high for Frances Tiafoe this week as well. The 24-year-old lost to Fritz in the Tokyo final but rises two spots to a career-high 17 in the rankings.
Kwon Biggest Riser
South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon reminded us all of his talents last week in Tokyo, where he reached his first ATP 500 semifinal. He rises 34 spots back to 86 in the rankings, but is still a world away from his career-high 52.
Top-100 debuts for Emilio Gomez and Pavel Kotov, Career-High for Zapata Miralles and Nakashima
Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez (+4 to 98) and Russia’s Pavel Kotov (+3 to 100) enter the Top-100 on Monday, while Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles jumps six spots to a career-high of 74.
American Brandon Nakashima jumped a spot to a career-high 46 as well, the 21-year-old losing to Borna Coric in the second round at Tokyo.
Stefanos Tsitisipas (+1 to No.5) returned to the Top-20, while Denis Shapovalov (+2 to 20) returned to the Top-20.