Citi Open run helps Yuki Bhambri jump to 159
India's Yuki Bhambri is reaping the rewards of his impressive march to the quarter-finals of last week's Citi Open in Washington in the form of a 41-spot jump in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.
Ranked 200 before the ATP 500 event, Bhambri, who stunned world number 22 and defending champion Gael Monfils enroute to the last eight in the American capital, has soared to 159.
The 25-year-old had followed up his remarkable 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 round two upset of the flashy Frenchman with a come-from-behind 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1 win over Argentinian Guido Pella before finally bowing out to the towering Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.
Even against the South African, Bhambri demonstrated plenty of grit as he broke the world number 45's huge serve on his way to clinching the second set. Anderson won the contest 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and eventually advanced to Sunday's final where he lost 6-4, 6-4 to rising German star Alexander Zverev.
It was the second time Bhambri had reached the last-eight hurdle of an ATP event, the other occasion being the Chennai Open in 2014.
For a player who enjoyed a career high ranking of 88 as recently as November 2015, Bhambri will surely be looking to build on this run of form with a US Open main draw spot his next big target.
"I am healthy now and so I am trying to put all the negativity behind me and focus on these tournaments and then the US Open qualifiers which is my target right now," he said after shocking Monfils.