Roger Federer with the winner’s trophy in Miami Gardens, Florida. AFP
PARIS: Roger Federer jumped up one spot to fourth in the ATP rankings released on Monday after capturing his 101st career title with his victory over John Isner in Miami.
The Swiss great switched places with Austria's Dominic Thiem, who had briefly climbed to fourth after defeating Federer in the final at Indian Wells two weeks ago.
Rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas moved up to a career best of eighth, while Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov cracked the top 20 for the first time following his run to the Miami semi-finals.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, 18, soared 24 places to 33rd after matching compatriot Shapovalov's run to the last four in Florida before losing to defending champion Isner.
Novak Djokovic remains comfortably clear at the top despite crashing out in the last 16 in Miami, with Rafael Nadal still well ahead of third-ranked Alexander Zverev as the Spaniard targets a return from injury for the clay-court season.
ATP rankings on April 1:
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11,070 pts
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 8,725
3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 6,040
4. Roger Federer (SUI) 5,590 (+1)
5. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,765 (-1)
6. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 4,200
7. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 4,115
8. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 3,240 (+2)
9. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 3,225 (-1)
10. John Isner (USA) 3,085 (-1)
11. Marin Cilic (CRO) 3,015
12. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 2,810
13. Borna Coric (CRO) 2,345
14. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 2,295 (+1)
15. Milos Raonic (CAN) 2,140 (-1)
16. Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 2,021
17. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 1,930 (+2)
18. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 1,885 (-1)
19. Gael Monfils (FRA) 1,875 (-1)
20. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 1,820 (+3)
33. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 1.245 (+24)
Roger Federer is preparing himself for a barrage of Kevin Anderson big serves after the Swiss superstar sealed his place in the ATP and WTA Miami Open quarter-finals in just 61 minutes on Wednesday.
The 12th-seeded Barty has reached her first Miami Open final, enduring three rain delays on Thursday to oust 21st-seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 in the first women's semifinal.
Roger Federer admits he faces a real battle to land the 101st title of his career with the in-form Daniil Medvedev next up after Serbian Filip Krajinovic was dispatched 7-5 6-3 on Monday at the ATP and WTA Miami Open. The Swiss superstar produced an excellent all-round performance despite being tested by the world number 103 who belied his lowly ranking by producing some excellent tennis during an exciting first set.
Blue Point joined a select group of sprinters to win the G1 King’s Stand Stakes twice with another scintillating display in the five-furlong highlight on day one of Royal Ascot on Tuesday. The five-year-old Shamardal horse showed his customary early speed from stall one and disputed second towards the far side
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Manchester: England captain Eoin Morgan set a new world record of 17 sixes in an individual one-day international innings as the World Cup hosts thrashed Afghanistan by 150 runs on Tuesday. Victory at Old Trafford saw favourites England go ahead of holders Australia to sit top of the World Cup group
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