*sings* It’s the most wonderful tiiiiime, of your daaaaayyyyyyy. *unsings*

It’s the hit that keeps coming. It’s the gift that keeps giving. That’s right: it’s time for this week’s W.A.T.C.H. List, where we see Who’s Achieved Their Career High (between #60-300ish, as ever) this week:

Player NATIONALITY Age New High Why
Bradley Klahn USA 23 67 West Lakes W
Jesse Huta Galung NED 28 91 others lost points
Dusan Lajovic SRB 23 99 ATP Zagreb R2
Facundo Arguello ARG 21 112 ATP Vina del Mar FQR
Dominic Thiem AUT 20 113 others lost points
Daniel Evans GBR 23 123 ATP Zagreb SF
Victor Estrella DOM 33 132 Dallas SF
Yuki Bhambri IND 21 145 Chennai W
Hiroki Moriya JPN 23 167 West Lakes SF
Taro Daniel JPN 21 190 ATP Vina del Mar QF
Steven Diez CAN 22 193 Chennai R2
Albano Olivetti FRA 22 207 ATP Montpellier Q/QF
James McGee IRL 26 209 Dallas QF
Austin Krajicek USA 23 210 ATP Montpellier FQR
Andrea Collarini ARG 22 242 Argentina F1 W
Jarmere Jenkins USA 23 259 West Lakes QF
Grzegorz Panfil POL 26 279 others lost points
Yann Marti SUI 25 281 Turkey F1 W
David Rice GBR 25 283 GBR F3 W
Jose Pereira BRA 23 314 Egypt F3 SF
This Space Left Empty Intentionally

As with the List two weeks ago, this week’s cast of characters are a very geographically variegated variety, verily. Fifteen nations in all, of the twenty on the List, with only four countries with multiple career high achievers — the United States (3), Argentina (2), Japan (2), and Great Britain (2).

So there’s plenty of reasons for everyone to flag wave and chant and do whatever it is fervent nationalists get up to in the name of their tennistical fanaticism. RAH!

Individually, I’d like to focus on the ATP-level heroics of one Daniel Evans*, who somehow turned his missing the Maui Challenger due to “late”ness and being cast out from his Davis Cup team into a brilliant personal triumph, as he parlayed his main draw appearance as a skilled loser** into a semifinal showing, beating 27th-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals and winning hearts and matches along the way.

Pro Evo - Our Man Strikes A Casual Pose In Oz

Pro Evo – Our Man Strikes A Casual Pose In Oz

For his efforts, Evo rose 23 spots in this week’s rankings and finally made good on a talent that’s been glaringly apparent for years and years. I myself have been bigging him up since his (two-loss) effort vs. Lithuania in Davis Cup 2010, and I know I’m way late to the party. But it’s (allegedly) because Evans is never late to any party*** that it’s taken him so long to make good on his talent.

Now, word is that he’s working hard and the results are evo-dent. I, for one, hope it continues.

Another guy I’ve been talking about for quite some time is India’s Yuki Bhambri, I watched him practicing three years ago at the ATP 250 Delray Beach and was struck**** by his clean ball-hitting, which I compared to that of Marin Cilic at the time.

Bhambri's Been A Thumper Again This Week

Bhambri’s Been A Thumper Again This Week

Now the 21-year-old is riding a seven-match win streak, taking both the singles and doubles titles at the Chennai Challenger as well as prevailing in two Davis Cup matches in India’s 5-0 triumph over Taiwan the week before.  After an injury-bedeviled 2012, the still-young up-and-comer is 48/16 since the start of 2013, with two Challenger and two Futures titles.

So up he comes, 29 spots to #145 on this week’s ATPecking Order.

“Has India found a new tennis star?” asks the Sportskeeda website. I, for one, say “yes.”

*since he didn’t get any press this week, at all.

**a term I much prefer over “lucky loser”

***there wasn’t one in Maui, apparently.

****not literally, thankfully.

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