Winner of the Estoril tournament for his return to the competition, Richard Gasquet goes directly to the first place of our ranking. Roger Federer, who won his 85th title this week, with views on the Bosphorus, and Caroline Wozniacki, who cooks as well as she plays tennis, complete the podium.
1/ Richard Gasquet (NE).
Richard Gasquet knows how to handle a comeback. Away from the courts for a month and another back injury, the French didn't miss his reunion with clay since he won the Estoril tournament quite easily by defeating the young and promising Australian Nick Kyrgios in the final (6-3, 6-2). It’s Richie’s second title this season after Montpellier, but already the twelfth of his career.
A real icing on the cake since Gasquet was already happy to just be able to play with his friend Jeremy Chardy.
Otherwise May 1st was a bank holiday for in France. But not for all the French since Gasquet trained all day on Friday.
For the result we know.
2- Roger Federer (+1).
Beautiful Turkish week for Roger Federer. By winning in Istanbul the final of the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open against the Argentine Cuevas (6-3, 7-6), the Swiss won the 85th title of his career. Unconventional.
Incidentally, he’s now the third player who succeeded the most aces in his career (9083), just before Roddick (9074) that he surpassed this week, but still behind Ivanisevic (10183) and Karlovic (9420).
Otherwise, this week, and according to social networks, Federer clearly fell under the spell of Istanbul. And his strait: the Bosphorus.
Federer also had a few words for the royal family that welcomed a little princess on Saturday. And the world number 2 added that he’s still has two children ahead.
Will Prince William take on the challenge?
3- Caroline Wozniacki (+1).
No worries for Caroline Wozniacki during her opening match at the Madrid Open. The Dane easily defeated the Australian Gajdosova (6-3, 6-0) before triumphing in the second round on Monday against the American McHale. Two successes that she owes in particular to her hard work throughout the week, she doesn't hesitate to get up at dawn for go for a run.
This tournament, the Dane knows it well. Six years ago, the world number five reached the final, only defeated by the Russian Safina. She didn’t fail to remind her fans. Nostalgia.
But if Wozniacki appreciates the Madrid Open, so much it’s also for the view...
...That she can share with her best friend on the tour, the American Serena Williams that she was apparently very happy to see.
Otherwise, the Dane proved this week that she wasn’t only a great tennis player, but also a very good cook. Appetizing.
4- Nick Kyrgios (NE).
And he also knows how to play on clay... Discovered at Wimbledon last year, before confirming at the Australian Open earlier this season, Nick Kyrgios proved in Estoril this week that he could also be excellent on clay courts. The Australian reached the final of the Portuguese tournament, his first this season, only defeated by Richard Gasquet (6-3, 6-2). In trouble earlier in the week, he gained momentum in the image of this magnificent semi-final against the Spaniard Carreno Busta.
Besides tennis, Kyrgios also celebrated his twentieth birthday last week. An anniversary like no other for the one who lost his grandmother a few months ago.
This week he was also involved in a photo shoot for Vogue...
...As well as an exercise of Volley challenge. A kind of Ice Bucket Challenge, since you also film yourself and nominate 3 people, but there you have to hit balls in front of a wall.
5- Rafael Nadal (+3).
After training at home, in the Balearic Islands in Manacor with former world No. 1 Carlos Moya...
...Rafael Nadal went to Madrid to prepare for the second Masters 1000 of the season on clay.
Waiting for the start of the tournament, Rafa met the Spanish badminton world champion, Carolina Marin.
His week ended very well since he received the Gold Medal of Merit from the hands of the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
6- Alizé Cornet (NE).
A feat that helped her enter our ranking. Alize Cornet managed the biggest performance of the season by defeating the world number 2 Simona Halep in the first round of the Madrid Open (7-6, 6-3).
« The magic worked, » simply explained French after the match at a press conference. « I never felt weak. I was more or less unassailable. I played longer than usual, I used different effects, I used the backhand along the line. It had all the ingredients. »
7- Fabio Fognini (NE).
Irregular could be his middle name. A week after defeating Nadal in Barcelona, Fabio Fognini has been eliminated in the second round of the Munich tournament, scoring only three games against Austrian Thiem (6-3, 6-0). A surprising result when you look at his training session the day before.
Fognini still had a good time in Munich, for example when he celebrated his arrival in the German city with a glass of red wine with his compatriot Simone Bolelli.
The Italian also made the show off the courts to the delight of Flavia Pennetta.
But between two jokes, Fognini still had a thought for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.
8- Maria Sharapova (+2).
She finally enjoyed renewed success. After three consecutive defeats, Sharapova won in the first round of the Madrid tournament against the Swiss Timea Bacsinszky (6-2, 6-3). It was the first victory of the Russian on clay in 2015! Admittedly Sharapova arrived in Madrid as soon as Monday to prepare better.
The World Number three made the cover of Esquire magazine this week. The fans will appreciate.
9- Novak Djokovic (-3).
He is preparing a surprise. Novak Djokovic was shooting with his sponsor Peugeot, probably for a new commercial. And the Serb promised that it would be funny. We can probably trust him.
Otherwise, this week, Novak posted a video about his nickname "Djoker". Enough to upset some children who confuse Djokovic with the great enemy of Batman.
A video so appreciated by Nole that he personally thanked the father of the young Max.
10- David Ferrer (+1).
Preparation week for David Ferrer. The Spaniard has been training in Valencia with Juan Monaco to get in shape before the Madrid Masters. There, he also met several players from the Villarreal football team, a town on the outskirts of Valencia: Leo Suarez, Mateo Musacchio and Franco Acosta.
Ferrer then flew to Madrid where he made a selfie with ten players of the tour including Serena Williams, Wozniacki, Verdasco and Berdych.
Ferrer definitely saw many cameras this week since he also posed with his compatriot Garbine Muguruza.
11- Kevin Anderson (NE).
Seeded No. 2 Kevin Anderson was welcomed like a king in Estoril. An evening at the seaside upon his arrival...
...Then a stroll in a beautiful Jaguar XK 120, a car from the 1940s.
A king, the South Africa wasn’t one on the courts since he was eliminated from his opening match by the Spaniard Garcia-Lopez (6-4, 3-6, 6-1).
12. Victoria Azarenka (/).
Victoria Azarenka arrived in Madrid midweek to finish her preparation on clay. With Kendrick Lamar in the ears.
Otherwise on the plane to Madrid, the Belarusian had fun with her sleeping neighbour.
13- Louisa Chirico (NE).
She won the challenger tournament in Dothan, at home in the US, against her compatriot Katerina Stewart (7-6, 3-6, 7-6), but this is not this success which earned her a debut in our ranking. During the final, the young Louisa Chirico, 121st player in the world, probably made the biggest fail of the year. Judge for yourself.
The 18-year-old American may hear about it for a few years.
14- Tomas Berdych (-1).
Finalist of the Madrid Masters in 2012, Tomas Berdych is back in the Spanish capital.
And the Czech may have found the solution to win his first tournament this season after three consecutive defeats in final.
15- Serena Williams (-1).
Arrived in Madrid a few days before the tournament, Serena Williams had fun in the streets of the Spanish capital.
After meeting Predator, the American, world number 1, met the young American actor Colton Haynes.
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