Upsets Galore: Another Top 10 Player Falls to Outside Top 100 Opponent at ATP Masters

Upsets Galore: Another Top 10 Player Falls to Outside Top 100 Opponent at ATP Masters

Holger Rune had no chance against world number 122 Brandon Nakashima at the ATP Masters in Shanghai. It wasn’t the first defeat of a top 10 player against an opponent outside the top 100.

by Daniel Hofmann

last edited: October 6th, 2023, 2:04 p.m

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Carlos Alcaraz lost to Fabian Maroszan in Rome.

Nakashima made short work of the Dane Holger Rune. Against fifth place in the ATP rankings, the American looked like the favorite top player on the court. For Rune it was a hard setback and the second defeat on the tour this calendar year against a player who is not in the top 100 in the world rankings. In February, the 20-year-old lost to Gijs Brouwers in the 500 event in Rotterdam after Rune retired injured at 4:6, 0:4. Three weeks ago there was a defeat in the Davis Cup against the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, who was ranked 116th.

The defeat was also one for the good reputation of the top 10 on the ATP Tour. Rune’s lost match was the eighth loss by a top 10 player to a player outside the top 100 in this year’s Masters events. The number of outsider victories at Masters events within a year has never been this high.

Alcaraz, Medvedev and Rublev suffered defeats in Rome

There were some surprising defeats for the top stars, especially in Rome. Even Carlos Alcaraz contributed to this balance. In the Eternal City, the Spaniard lost to the Hungarian Fabian Maroszan, who was ranked 135th at the time. Daniil Medvedev met fate against Aslan Karatsev, who was 121st in the ranking at the time. Yannick Hanfmann also contributed to these statistics with a win against Andrey Rublev.

For Hanfmann, as well as for Maroszan, this was the starting point for a jump into the top 100 and a positive development of the season. Both players were in good form at the time. A conclusion about the general condition of the top 10 may not be sufficient.

2023-10-06 13:05:00
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