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By Nick Georgandis

Roger Federer has proven time and time again in 2012 that tennis life doesn't end after 30. Juan Monaco has proven that it can actually start getting better when you near the big 3-0.

The Argentine, who will turn 29 next March, won his fourth title of 2012 Sunday at Kuala Lumpur, improving to 37-15 on the year and moving up to No. 10 in the latest ATP rankings, tying his career high.

Monaco was ranked 26th at the start of 2012, but knocked American John Isner out of the Top 10 with his win on Sunday. It's Monaco's first hardcourt title ever.

The only other move inside the ATP Top 20 came from France's Gilles Simon, who moved ahead of Philipp Kohlschreiber to No. 18 in the world. Simon reached the finals at Bangkok on Sunday, losing to fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet

The biggest mover in the Top 50 was Belgium's David Goffin, who soared 11 spots to No. 47. The 21-year-old won the Orleans, France Challenger tournament over the weekend to improve to 15-12 on the year. 

UPDATE: 
Monday marked another week of minor moves in the WTA Top 20, with the biggest coming from Nadia Petrova, who jumped four spots to No. 14.

The 30-year-old Russian had a signature win at Tokyo, defeating three Top 10 players in a row, including No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska for the championship, to earn 900 points and a cool $385,000.
 
Petrova started the year ranked 31st, but a 34-17 record has moved her to her highest mark since the end of the 2010 season.
 
At the other end of the spectrum this week is former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, the 2011 Tokyo runner-up. Inactive since the Olympics, Zvonareva plunged 29 points to No. 48 this week, and is just 11-9 in 2012. It's a staggering drop for the player who started the year ranked No. 7 in the world and was No. 2 as recently as August of 2011.
 
Also making a positive move in the Top 50 this week is China's Zheng Jie, who improved five spots to No. 22. Zheng picked up 70 points with a trip to the second round of Tokyo and improved to 26-20 in 2012.

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