*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:
|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|
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.
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.
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.