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By James Waterson                                                           Photo Credit: Tony Chang

(July 25, 2011) With his appearance in the semifinals of the Atlanta Tennis Championships last week, 19-year-old American Ryan Harrison jumped 26 ranking spots to enter the top 100 for the first time in his career.

En route to his first ATP Tour semifinal, Harrison, now No. 94, beat fourth-seeded
Xavier Malisse of Belgium in the second round, and then held his nerve to beat fellow American Rajeev Ram 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinal.

Harrison is now the eighth American in the top 100. That group includes
Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Ryan Sweeting and James Blake.

Other players saw sizable increases in their rankings, as well.

Filippo Volandri leaped 16 spots to No. 72 after he won a challenger in Orbatello, Italy, Rui Machado of Portugal went up 11 spots to No. 85 after he won a challenger in Poland, and Gilles Muller jumped 11 spots to No. 71 after he made the semifinals in Atlanta.

Meanwhile, despite losing in the finals in Atlanta for the second year in a row, Isner’s ranking went up two spots to No. 33. Fish,
who defended his title, saw no change in his ranking.

Gilles Simon
, who defeated Nicolas Almagro in the final of the German Tennis
in Hamburg, went up seven places to No. 11, and Almagro went up four to No. 10.

With Almagro back in the top 10, Roddick has been pushed down to No. 12.

On the women’s side, the top 15 remained the same, while
Julia Goerges dropped four spots to No. 20.

There are six American women in the top 100.
Serena Williams went up three spots to No. 169 despite not playing last week.


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