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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Monday, July 26, 2022

Carlos Alcaraz continues to have himself quite a 2022 season. Despite losing Sunday’s final in Hamburg to Lorenzo Musetti, the 19-year-old jumps a spot in the rankings to a career-high No.5.

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Alcaraz becomes the youngest player inside the ATP’s Top-5 since compatriot Rafael Nadal in 2005.

The Spaniard is 39-6 on the season with four titles, and he will bid for his fifth this week in Umag, Croatia, where he is the top seed.

Musetti, Francisco Cerundolo hit career highs

20-year-old Musetti’s title run in Hamburg has helped him cut his ranking in half – from 62 to a career-best 31. The Italian is ranked fourth among players 21 and under, behind only Alcaraz (aged 19, ranked 5), Jannik Sinner (20, ranked 10) and Holger Rune (19, ranked 27).

Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo had his eight match winning streak snapped by Musetti in the semi-finals, but still rises to a career-high ranking of 24 (up from 30). The Argentine finished 2021 ranked 127.

Thiem on the rise

Dominic Thiem continues to improve on tour and his new ranking is proof. The Austrian, who reached the semis at Gstaad last week, rises 75 spots to 199. The 28-year-old former World No.3, who is finally hitting his stride on tour after a nine-month hiatus and a slow start to his comeback, will try to pick up more points this week on the clay in Kitzbuhel.

Molcan career-high - 38

Slovakian Alex Molcan reached the semis at Hamburg before falling to Carlos Alcaraz, and rises ten spots to a career-high of 38 as a result.

The 24-year-old is having quite a season on tour – he entered the season with seven ATP wins to his name, but has produced a 21-13 record to rise from outside the Top-80.

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