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Fastest climbers in 2009

bjurra
11-06-2009, 11:33 AM
Here is a list of the fastest risers on the ATP ranking during 2009. Note the year of birth for all these players. Not a single one of these fast risers was born after 1988 and more than half of them are 25 years or older. Where is the new generation in tennis? We will have to go back a very long time, if ever, to find a Top 100 list with less youngsters. Not a single one of these players is a teenager!

Edit: I have only included players who have broken into the top 100, hence Ljubicic, Baghdatis and other comeback kids (or in Legendas case, comeback grandpas) are not included.

Third column is year end ranking in 2008 and fourth is year of birth.


34 Beck A 109 86
40 Isner 144 85
42 Zeballo 199 85
43 Becker 129 81
50 Cuevas 142 86
56 Greul 126 81
63 Mayer F 409 83
64 Mayer L 115 87
66 MGonzal 132 83
74 Kollerer 125 83
78 Beck K 145 82
80 Luczak 156 79
84 Lorenzi 207 81
86 Russell 242 78
91 Lacko 325 87
97 Ram 190 84
99 DeBakker 249 88



Funny how Lorenzi and Lacko have sneaked up the rankings by playing mug challengers. Especially Lackos ranking is a joke. I will eat my US Open cap if both are still in the top 100 at the end of 2010. Another funny thing is Beckers ranking. The guy has hardly won a match since breaking into the top 50 a in June.

maxardy
11-06-2009, 11:41 AM
here's a tip - if you can't make the columns, post a picture made in word or photoshop or paint

Burrow
11-06-2009, 11:50 AM
here's a tip - if you can't make the columns, post a picture made in word or photoshop or paint

Why?

anyway...

Russell :worship:

maxardy
11-06-2009, 11:52 AM
Why?

anyway...

Russell :worship:

coz imo too hard to read. columns save the world

bjurra
11-06-2009, 11:53 AM
coz imo too hard to read. columns save the world

Agree. I will try to fix it ass soon ass my ass is free...

Getta
11-06-2009, 11:55 AM
Here is a list of the fastest risers on the ATP ranking during 2009.

is there any particular reason for ignoring Baghdatis?

i saw him rise 53 (98-45) places in the rankings, yet Köllerer is included on the list :scratch:

duong
11-06-2009, 11:56 AM
And some more oldsters miss in your table :

what about Chiudinelli, Haas, Hewitt, Ferrero ? even Ljubicic.

yes I was wondering about the same the other day :

2009 has quite been the year of the oldsters, which is symbolized by Federer's number 1.

Not sure it will be the same in 2010 ;)

However, there are several explaining phenomenons which I noticed :

- generations 88 and 89 are really poor, behind Del Potro and Cilic

- generation 86 has also few very good players (Nadal apart of course)

- and I will also say : generations 83-84 are not good either, which explains why generations 80-82, which were great actually, are still the most competitive.

The fact that generations 88 to 90 look poor will not help for next years for sure.

1991 doesn't look very good either.

1992 generation looks so far the most promising.

But before that, the best players fom generations 85-87 might have a good time, and the players from generations 80-82 might last for a while.

Action Jackson
11-06-2009, 11:56 AM
Honourable mention to Jan Hajek.

He started the year at #474 and is now #102, should join this list and he is born in 83.

Action Jackson
11-06-2009, 11:59 AM
is there any particular reason for ignoring Baghdatis?

i saw him rise 53 (98-45) places in the rankings, yet Köllerer is included on the list :scratch:

Baghdatis is more of a star than any of the guys mentioned, as long as he is able to remain fit for some time then he will progress easily through the rankings.

The others are less likely to do so.

Nathaliia
11-06-2009, 12:02 PM
Don't eat your US Open cap, I loved it :(.

Action Jackson
11-06-2009, 12:11 PM
Rank Player 2008 Rank Born
34 A.Beck 109 1986
40 Isner 144 1985
42 Zeballos 199 1985
43 Becker 129 1981
50 Cuevas 142 1986
56 Greul 126 1981
63 Mayer Flo 409 1983
64 Mayer Leo 115 1987
66 Maxi Gonz 132 1983
74 Kollerer 125 1983
78 K.Beck 145 1982
80 Luczak 156 1979
84 Lorenzi 207 1981
86 Russell 242 1978
91 Lacko 325 1987
97 Ram 190 1984
99 De Bakker 249 1988
102 Hajek 474 1983

feuselino
11-06-2009, 12:51 PM
Chiudinelli - from 603 to ??

Action Jackson
11-06-2009, 12:55 PM
Chiudinelli is top 100 now, finally helps having a season without major problems.

Getta
11-06-2009, 02:04 PM
Rank Player 2008 Rank Born
34 A.Beck 109 1986
40 Isner 144 1985
42 Zeballos 199 1985
43 Becker 129 1981
50 Cuevas 142 1986
56 Greul 126 1981
63 Mayer Flo 409 1983
64 Mayer Leo 115 1987
66 Maxi Gonz 132 1983
74 Kollerer 125 1983
78 K.Beck 145 1982
80 Luczak 156 1979
84 Lorenzi 207 1981
86 Russell 242 1978
91 Lacko 325 1987
97 Ram 190 1984
99 De Bakker 249 1988
102 Hajek 474 1983


Rank Player 2008 Rank Born
177 Gaudio unranked 1978
(31.12.2008)

1094
(02.02.2009)


:shrug:

and i don't care if he hasn't leapt into the top 100 yet. :)

jrozen
11-06-2009, 08:33 PM
what about Alejandro Falla, he has climbed from #181 to #98 now. He has performed a rellaly good year and at least he deserves to appear in that list.

Voo de Mar
11-06-2009, 08:35 PM
Top 100 in 2009 is a big joke, so many useless players inside :o

cakedraw
11-06-2009, 08:41 PM
it is inevitable, mugs will change mugs in the top100 for years to come, top20 is the only thing keeping tennis alive.

electronicmusic
11-07-2009, 09:33 AM
vote for Marco Chiudinelli.

January 09: 603
now: 55

Montego
11-07-2009, 11:55 AM
Here is the list of biggest jumps in the rankings, comparing 05/01/2009 to 02/11/2009 ( (C) Montego's Excel Sheet)

1. Morgan Phillips [GBR] (+1421 positions) - from 1867 to 446
2. Henri Kontinen [FIN] (+1330 positions) - from 1818 to 488
3. Aljaz Bedene [SLO] (+1309 positions) - from 1659 to 350
4. Gilad Ben Zvi [ISR] (+1115 positions) - from 1895 to 780
5. Emilio Gomez [ECU] (+1110 positions) - from 1818 to 708
6. Michael Venus [USA] (+1096 positions) - from 1749 to 653
7. Haythem Abid [TUN] (+1040 positions) - from 1435 to 395
8. Andrew Anderson [RSA] (+993 positions) - from 1566 to 573
9. Krishananth Balakrishan [AUS] (+975 positions) - from 1818 to 843
10. Laurynas Grigelis [LIT] (+959 positions) - from 1554 to 595

honourable mentions:

15. Guillaume Rufin [FRA] (+878 positions) - from 1065 to 187
18. Mariano Zabaleta [ARG] (+813 positions) - from 1139 to 326
20. Yuki Bhambri [IND] (+810 positions) - from 1154 to 344
23. Taylor Dent [USA] (+761 positions) - from 865 to 104
50. Federico Del Bonis [ARG] (+620 positions) - from 822 to 202
54. Daniele Bracciali [ITA] (+601 positions) - from 918 to 317
80. Marco Chiudinelli [SUI] (+530 positions) - from 603 to 73
103. Bernard Tomic [AUS] (+473 positions) - from 764 to 291
136. Joachim Johansson [SWE] (+403 positions) - from 772 to 369
158. Jan Hajek [CZE] (+372 positions) - from 474 to 102

Biggest movers within Top100:

1. Marco Chiudinelli [SUI] (+530 positions) - from 603 to 73
2. Florian Mayer [GER] (+346 positions) - from 409 to 63
3. Lukas Lacko [SVK] (+233 positions) - from 324 to 91
4. Michael Russell [USA] (+171 positions) - from 257 to 86
5. Horacio Zeballos [ARG] (+154 positions) - from 196 to 42
6. Thiemo De Bakker [HOL] (+147 positions) - from 246 to 99
7. Paolo Lorenzi [ITA] (+123 positions) - from 207 to 84
8. Rajeev Ram [USA] (+107 positions) - from 204 to 97
9. John Isner [USA] (+103 positions) - from 143 to 40
10. Benjamin Becker [GER] (+92 positions) - from 135 to 43

Biggest movers within Top25:

1. Tommy Haas [GER] (+63 positions) - from 80 to 17
2. Lleyton Hewitt [AUS] (+50 positions) - from 70 to 20
3. Ivan Ljubicic [CRO] (+33 positions) - from 58 to 25
4. Juan Carlos Ferrero [ESP] (+30 positions) - from 52 to 22
5. Mikhail Youzhny [RUS] (+16 positions) - from 39 to 23

Biggest movers within Top10:

1. Fernando Verdasco [ESP] (+7 positions) - from 15 to 8
2. Robin Soderling [SWE] (+7 positions) - from 17 to 10
3. Juan Martin Del Potro [ARG] (+4 positions) - from 9 to 5

:wavey:

Ad Wim
11-07-2009, 11:59 AM
Chiudinelli and Mayer had great achievements, omg.

Action Jackson
11-07-2009, 12:04 PM
Gaudio was unranked as Getta said and is in the top 200.

Montego
11-07-2009, 12:06 PM
Yes, Gaudio also should be included, I just didn't have the idea how to count the number of positions he climbed, so I included only the players who were ranked on 31/12/2008

Montego
11-07-2009, 12:57 PM
Biggest "debuts" in rankings in 2009 (in comparison to year-end 2008):

1. Gaston Gaudio [ARG] - from n/a to 177
2. Raemon Sluiter [HOL] - from n/a to 208
3. Andreas Vinciguerra [SWE] - from n/a to 251
4. Fritz Wolmarans [RSA] - from n/a to 440
5. Matej Bocko [SVK] - from n/a to 441

philosophicalarf
11-07-2009, 02:27 PM
2009 has quite been the year of the oldsters, which is symbolized by Federer's number 1.


Aside from the generational issues (which just looks like fairly standard variance), there seem to be quite a few around now of only moderate talent, but who are really adept at playing the ranking system (the likes of Lopez).

Also, the number of challengers has absolutely rocketed over the last decade, while there are slightly less main tour events than there were 10 years ago (65 vs 70). Back then the challenger/main tour ratio was 1.66, now it's 2.48, so more opportunities for guys to whizz up the rankings mainly based on challenger points.

CelesteBlanca
11-07-2009, 02:53 PM
But before that, the best players fom generations 85-87 might have a good time, and the players from generations 80-82 might last for a while.

IMO should be 86-88 instead of 85-87

Getta
11-07-2009, 02:56 PM
so more opportunities for guys to whizz up the rankings mainly based on challenger points.

and understandably so, although it's proving difficult to explore the critical point of a foam on the ground, but in space we can study it quite well.

networthy
11-07-2009, 08:28 PM
Here is the list of biggest jumps in the rankings, comparing 05/01/2009 to 02/11/2009 ( (C) Montego's Excel Sheet)

1. Morgan Phillips [GBR] (+1421 positions) - from 1867 to 446
2. Henri Kontinen [FIN] (+1330 positions) - from 1818 to 488
3. Aljaz Bedene [SLO] (+1309 positions) - from 1659 to 350
4. Gilad Ben Zvi [ISR] (+1115 positions) - from 1895 to 780
5. Emilio Gomez [ECU] (+1110 positions) - from 1818 to 708
6. Michael Venus [USA] (+1096 positions) - from 1749 to 653
7. Haythem Abid [TUN] (+1040 positions) - from 1435 to 395
8. Andrew Anderson [RSA] (+993 positions) - from 1566 to 573
9. Krishananth Balakrishan [AUS] (+975 positions) - from 1818 to 843
10. Laurynas Grigelis [LIT] (+959 positions) - from 1554 to 595

Emilio is the son of Andres Gomez, winner of the French Open in 1990 (beat former world #1s Muster in the semis and Agassi in the final) and career-high #4. It'll be interesting to see what young Emilio can do...

HuaTuo
11-08-2009, 06:41 AM
el ":cat:" Gaudio
a new start in his career from zero :yeah:

asl
11-30-2009, 09:27 PM
Here is the list of biggest jumps in the rankings, comparing 05/01/2009 to 30/11/2009

1. Henri Kontinen [FIN] (+1530 positions) - from 1818 to 288

:wavey:

No contest. Henkka will win this convinsibly.

Has there ever been anyone else who has succeeded to increase his/her ranking more than 1500 positions within a year?

Montego
11-30-2009, 10:05 PM
I will do the update after this week challengers finish

Henry Chinaski
11-30-2009, 10:47 PM
Jamaica's finest, Dustin Brown, deserves a mention.

505 to 153 with zero points to defend til the end of february

Montego
11-30-2009, 10:51 PM
Jamaica's finest, Dustin Brown, deserves a mention.

505 to 153 with zero points to defend til the end of february

Definitely it has been Brown's best season and he is already in 2nd round of Salzburg and a 2nd round meeting against Crazy Dani is anticipated

swebright
12-01-2009, 03:31 AM
But I don't see any future #1 in that list. Am I right???

Is there anybody comparable to "Del Po of 2-3 years ago" currently? Whom should we watch??

Montego
12-07-2009, 06:16 PM
As promised - here is the updated list after all the tournaments finished (well, there are still some futures, but they won't make too much difference anyway). Remember that these are only numbers, only statistics and when analyzing it - you should take much more into account than pure numbers. This is only the basis for analysis.


Top 10 players new to the rankings in 2009:

1. Gaston Gaudio (ARG) #167
2. Raemon Sluiter (HOL) #197
3. Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE) #240
4. Filip Krajinovic (SRB) #356
5. Matej Bocko (SVK) #410
6. Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) #421
7. Theodoros Angelinos (GRE) #480
8. Yannick Vandenbulcke (BEL) #491
9. Pablo Carreno (ESP) #515
10. Roman Valent (SUI) #538

Top 10 movers in the rankings in 2009:

1. Henri Kontinen (FIN) #1823 to #288 = 1535 positions
2. Morgan Phillips (GBR) #1440 to #432 = 1440 positions
3. Aljaz Bedene (SLO) #1361 to #304 = 1361 positions
4. Michael Venus (USA) #1754 to #587 = 1167 positions
5. Gilad Ben Zvi (ISR) #1900 to #748 = 1152 positions
6. Emilio Gomez (ECU) #1823 to #674 = 1149 positions
7. Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) #1554 to #462 = 1092 positions
8. Krishananth Balakrishan (AUS) #1823 to #771 = 1052 positions
9. Haythem Abid (TUN) #1441 to #394 = 1047 positions
10. Andrew Anderson (RSA) #1572 to 539 = 1033 positions

Other "interesting" top movers, not ranked within Top100:

16. Guillaume Rufin (FRA) #1067 to #172 = 1067 positions
19. Mariano Zabaleta (ARG) #1141 to #291 = 850 positions
22. Yuki Bhambri (IND) #1156 to #338 = 818 positions
61. Federico Del Bonis (ARG) #822 to #195 = 627 positions
68. Daniele Bracciali (ITA) #919 to 312 = 607 positions
147. Michal Przysiezny (POL) #609 to #184 = 425 positions
157. Joachim Johansson (SWE) #771 to #370 = 401 positions
172. Ryan Harrison (USA) #748 to #363 = 385 positions
183. Jan Hajek (CZE) #475 to #103 = 372 positions
204. Dustin Brown (JAM) #494 to #144 = 350 positions

Top 10 movers to Top100:

1. Taylor Dent (USA) #865 to #76 = 789 positions
2. Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) #605 to #56 = 549 positions
3. Florian Mayer (GER) #409 to #61 = 348 positions
4. Lukas Lacko (SVK) #325 to #82 = 243 positions
5. Michael Russell (USA) #242 to #83 = 159 positions
6. Horacio Zeballos (ARG) #199 to #45 = 154 positions
7. Thiemo De Bakker (HOL) #249 to #96 = 153 positions
8. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) #207 to #84 = 123 positions
9. Rajeev Ram (USA) #190 to #79 = 111 positions
10. John Isner (USA) #144 to #34 = 110 positions

Top 10 movers to Top50:

1. Horacio Zeballos (ARG) #199 to #45 = 154 positions
2. John Isner (USA) #144 to #34 = 110 positions
3. Pablo Cuevas (URU) #142 to #50 = 92 positions
4. Benjamin Becker (GER) #129 to #40 = 89 positions
5. Andreas Beck (GER) #109 to #39 = 70 positions
6. Dudi Sela (ISR) #112 to #43 = 69 positions
7. Tommy Haas (GER) #82 to #18 = 64 positions
8. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) #98 to #42 = 56 positions
9. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) #85 to #36 = 49 positions
10. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) #67 to #22 = 45 positions

Top 5 movers to / within Top20:

1. Tommy Haas (GER) #82 to #18 = 64 positions
2. Radek Stepanek (CZE) #27 to #12 = 15 positions
3. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) #32 to #19 = 13 positions
4. Robin Soderling (SWE) #17 to #8 = 9 positions
5. Marin Cilic (CRO) #23 to #14 = 9 positions

Top 3 movers to / within Top10:

1. Robin Soderling (SWE) #17 to #8 = 9 positions
2. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) #16 to #9 = 7 positions
3. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) #9 to #5 = 4 positions

bjurra
12-07-2009, 07:24 PM
Great post, Montego!!

~*BGT*~
12-07-2009, 07:59 PM
Korolev moved 58 places from #111 to #53. He was as high as #50 and as low as 119.

Springer89
12-07-2009, 10:31 PM
Top 10 players new to the rankings in 2009:

1. Gaston Gaudio (ARG) #167
2. Raemon Sluiter (HOL) #197
3. Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE) #240
4. Filip Krajinovic (SRB) #356
5. Matej Bocko (SVK) #410
6. Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) #421
7. Theodoros Angelinos (GRE) #480
8. Yannick Vandenbulcke (BEL) #491
9. Pablo Carreno (ESP) #515
10. Roman Valent (SUI) #538



Krajinovic and Vandenbulcke not new - they were ranked (#593 and #1030)

Montego
12-07-2009, 10:35 PM
Krajinovic and Vandenbulcke not new - they were ranked (#593 and #1030)

:wavey:

You are right of course. This is because steveg rankings had them under different surnames and my excel didn't catch it:

2008

van den Bulcke, Yannick
Krajinovic-Piskovic, Filip

2009

Vandenbulcke, Yannick
Krajinovic, Filip


Thanks, I will update it tomorrow

Springer89
12-07-2009, 10:45 PM
:wavey: Wonder which two will enter the list ...

duong
12-07-2009, 10:56 PM
Chiudinelli and Mayer had great achievements, omg.

Chiudinelli and Mayer's situations are different : Mayer is an usual top-50/60 player who had been injured last year (and who's still young),

whereas for Chiudinelli it's completely new (he had never been ranked better than 142 in the end of previous years, and only twice in the top-200 ... also he's older : 28 years old)

Lorenzi's performance (same age as Chiudinelli, and quite same past) is also quite remarkable (through challengers and even futures) : I'm surprised nobody really talked of that player, even in the Italian forum nobody ever cared :lol: He was extremely consistent in his results this year.

duong
12-07-2009, 11:04 PM
But I don't see any future #1 in that list. Am I right???

Is there anybody comparable to "Del Po of 2-3 years ago" currently? Whom should we watch??

rather 4 years (generation 1992) only Tomic follows quite Del Potro's evolution,

but you also have other players in 1991-1992 about whom people talk about (Dimitrov, Bhambri, Krajinovic, Harrison)

duong
12-07-2009, 11:06 PM
Top 100 in 2009 is a big joke, so many useless players inside :o

what makes you say that ?

when I compare to 1 and 2 years ago (the years I've followed), I really can't see what's special about this year :shrug:

asl
12-08-2009, 12:55 PM
Thanks for the list. Couple of oddities however.

From Top 10 movers list:
2. Morgan Phillips (GBR) #1440 to #432 = 1440 positions
3. Aljaz Bedene (SLO) #1361 to #304 = 1361 positions

Should be 1008 positions for Phillips and 1057 positions for Bedene, or have I misunderstood something?

Great list however!

Klaas_nalbandian
12-08-2009, 07:45 PM
Well Haase didn't had a ranking after september and now he is in the top 500 (451) after playing two tournaments

Guess next year he will be one of the guys who will reach the top 100.

GugaF1
12-09-2009, 12:17 PM
I don't know where it fits in there. But Thomaz Bellucci in the mid seson by july or so, had to play some challengers around the 120th ranking range and now he is in the top 35.

MarileneSS
12-09-2009, 04:37 PM
For players new to the top 100, Taylor Dent is my pick to watch out for. His performances in this year's US Open have really impressed me, although home ground may have played a part. Nonetheless, I think he would continue to do better this coming year.

For players new to the top 10, my vote will have to go to one of my personal favourites, Fernando Verdasco. Ever since last year's Davis Cup boosted his confidence, his all-round game has improved, making the quarters of most major tournaments he participated in. This is a far cry from his old self of multiple double faults and big stage breakdowns. I think he may be able to improve by one or two rankings if he concentrates on conditioning even more, and maybe adjusted his game a little to better suit clay and grass courts.

tennisphilia
12-09-2009, 06:21 PM
Funny how Lorenzi and Lacko have sneaked up the rankings by playing mug challengers. Especially Lackos ranking is a joke. I will eat my US Open cap if both are still in the top 100 at the end of 2010. Another funny thing is Beckers ranking. The guy has hardly won a match since breaking into the top 50 a in June.

Would be funny to see you eat your cap. Nice list though.