Nicolas Mahut jumps 116 places in tennis rankings

June 24, 2013 at 7:54 AM
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LONDON, June 24 (UPI) -- Nicolas Mahut makes a huge leap in the men's world tennis rankings this week after picking up his first ATP title.

Mahut is perhaps best known for being on the losing end of the longest match in tennis history. He and John Inser battled for more than 11 hours over three days in a first-round match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. Isner ended up taking the fifth set 70-68.

Mahut will now also be known as a winner after he defeated world No. 10 Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4 Saturday in taking the Topshelf Open in the Netherlands. It was his third ATP final but came about six years after the first two. He was in title matches in June and July of 2007.

As a result Mahut moves from 240th to No. 124 in the week's biggest move in the ATP rankings.

Feliciano Lopez, who on Saturday earned his first tournament championship in about 3 1/2 years, improves his ranking from 39th to No. 32. He beat Gilles Simon in the final of the Aegon International. In a quirk of scheduling, he and Simon will meet again Tuesday in the first round at Wimbledon.

The Top 10 in the rankings was unchanged as the tennis year heads into its third major. Novak Djokovic is No. 1, followed by Andy Murray, Roger Federer, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal.

Four of them each own a current major title: Federer is the defending Wimbledon champ; Murray took the 2012 U.S. Open title; Djokovic won his third consecutive Australian Open this year; and Nadal collected a record eighth -- and fourth straight -- French Open championship this month.

The ATP Top 10, listing player, home country and ranking points:

1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 11,830

2. Andy Murray, Great Britain, 8,560

3. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 7,740

4. David Ferrer, Spain, 7,220

5. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 6,895

6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4,515

7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 4,155

8. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 3,960

9. Richard Gasquet, France, 3,135

10. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland, 2,915

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