2008 Tennis world Rankings - Tennis Review

2008 Tennis world Rankings

Zverev © Getty ImagesAlexander Zverev is the latest teenager to break the Top 100.

The teens are shining on the ATP World Tour.

For the first time in seven years, there are four teenagers inside the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings as of Monday, 18 May. Germany’s Alexander Zverev, 18, joined Borna Coric, Hyeon Chung and Thanasi Kokkinakis when he leaped 20 spots to a career-high World No. 85 after winning the Heilbronn Challenger last week (d. Pella).

Zverev follows hot on the heels of Kokkinakis. After cracking the Top 100 a week earlier, the 19-year-old Australian pushed on 15 spots to a career-high World No. 83 as he won his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Bordeaux (d. De Bakker). The Adelaide native was forced to qualify into the main draw as a late entrant, having been forced to miss Rome when an airport fire meant he couldn’t get to the Italian capital. His efforts were recognised as he was awarded a wild card into the Roland Garros main draw.

The teen success doesn’t stop there. Andrey Rublev has taken 208 places off his Emirates ATP Ranking this season, rising to No. 229. On Sunday, the 17-year-old Russian edged experienced Finn Jarkko Nieminen in a third-set tie-break in the first round of the Geneva Open, adding to tour-level first-round wins in Delray Beach (d. Sela), Miami (d. Carreno Busta), Barcelona (d. Verdasco) and Istanbul (d. Dzumhur).

At the other end of the spectrum, 29-year-old Tomas Berdych’s stellar start to the season was rewarded as he broke the Top 4 for the first time in his career. The Czech has gone 32-9 so far in 2015 and has reached at least the quarter-finals in all nine of his tournaments, highlighted by runner-up showings in Doha (l. to Ferrer), Rotterdam (l. to Wawrinka) and Monte-Carlo (l. to Djokovic).

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