Daniel wins first ATP title


It was a weekend of firsts for the Japanese player. Taro Daniel, who turned professional in 2010, just got to his first ATP World Tour semifinals and final at the Istanbul Cup. The twenty-five year old was on the brink of losing the first set to a veteran player, Malek Jaziri, who incidentally at thirty-four was in his first ATP World Tour final. The Tunisian served for the first set and unraveled; this will be a tough pill for him to swallow if he never wins an ATP World Tour singles title, especially as he was the more experienced player. It was a case of being undone by nerves and he never recovered. Daniel will look to take this form into the next Major, Roland Garros, which is less than three weeks away.

PLAYERS (within the top 100) SPOTS MOVED NEW RANK
Taro Daniel (JPN) UP  32 82              (CAREER HIGH)
Joao Sousa (POR) UP  20 48
Guido Pella (ARG) DOWN  19 79
Viktor Troicki (SRB) DOWN  16 87
Malek Jaziri (TUN) UP  16 62
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) UP  13 74
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) UP  25 71
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) DOWN  20 94
Vera Lapko (BLR) UP  19 92             (CAREER HIGH)
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) DOWN  14 89
Sara Errani (ITA) UP  13 76
Kurumi Nara (JPN) UP  12 91
Taylor Townsend (USA) UP  12 73              (CAREER HIGH)

 ATP Tour:  the top ten members remained the same. However, there were two changes: Grigor Dimitrov moved up one spot to #4 and Marin Cilic fell one spot to #5. Rafael Nadal is still clinging to the #1 spot.

WTA Tour: there were no changes in the top ten members; they all maintained their exact positions from the previous week. Simona Halep is still #1.

SPOTLIGHT PLAYER: Alexander Zverev defended his BMW Open title over the weekend when he defeated fellow countryman, Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 6-3.

SOURCE OF IMAGE: (Harry How/Getty Images North America: Taro Daniel)

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