Only eight players remain at the 2019 Australian Open, with the year’s first Grand Slam trophy on the line. There are just seven singles matches to be played at Melbourne Park, but plenty is at stake with the next ATP Rankings to be released on 28 January. looks at the various ATP Ranking possibilities as the ATP Tour’s stars enter the last eight.

Kei Can Return To The Top 5
This week last year, Kei Nishikori was making his return to action from a right wrist injury on the ATP Challenger Tour. The Japanese star, then No. 24 in the ATP Rankings, did not play in the Australian Open, losing in the first round of the Newport Beach Challenger. He would fall as low as World No. 39 last April.

But now, Nishikori is just two victories from guaranteeing a return to the Top 5 for the first time since the week of 17 April 2017. Nishikori, who outlasted Pablo Carreno Busta in his second fifth-set tie-break of the event (also d. Karlovic in the second round) is currently projected to ascend to World No. 7 with 4,110 points.

If Nishikori advances to his second Grand Slam final (also the 2014 US Open), the 29-year-old will move to 4,950 points and return to the Top 5, surpassing Roger Federer (4,600) and Kevin Anderson (4,845). If the recent Brisbane titlist wins his maiden major crown, he would move past Juan Martin del Potro (5,060) and return to his career-high of World No. 4.

Nishikori’s Round-By-Round ATP Rankings Projection (Current Points: 4,110)

 Australian Open Champion  Finalist  Semi-finalist
 5,750  4,950  4,470

Tsitsipas Eyes Breakthrough To Top 10
One year ago, Stefanos Tsitsipas, then No. 82 in the ATP Rankings, lost in the first round of the Australian Open. The #NextGenATP Greek owned just six tour-level wins.

But now, not only is he the World No. 15, but the 20-year-old has a chance to take it even further. If Tsitsipas advances to the Australian Open final, he will soar into the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time. A trip to the championship match on Rod Laver Arena would send Tsitsipas to No. 9, while a dream run to the title would catapult him to No. 8.

Tsitsipas’ Round-By-Round ATP Rankings Projection (Current Points: 2,445)

 Australian Open Champion  Finalist  Semi-finalist
4,085   3,285  2,805

Tiafoe To Crack The Top 30
Regardless of his result against 2009 champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, Frances Tiafoe is guaranteed to earn a new career-high ATP Ranking on 28 January, cracking the Top 30 for the first time.

While the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier and reigning Delray Beach Open champion, who is the youngest American quarter-finalist at the Australian Open since Andy Roddick in 2003, is projected to reach No. 30 should he lose to Nadal (1,430 points). He can make a massive jump by reaching the semi-finals or better. Tiafoe would climb to No. 22 or 23 should he stun the Spaniard, pending the result of Lucas Pouille’s quarter-final against Milos Raonic.

Tiafoe’s Round-By-Round ATP Rankings Projection (Current Points: 1,430)

 Australian Open Champion  Finalist  Semi-finalist
 3,070  2,270  1,790

Bautista Agut Pushing Towards Career-High
Bautista Agut, like Nishikori, is off to a perfect 9-0 start in 2019. If the 30-year-old is able to continue his good form to advance further in Melbourne, he could potentially earn a new career-best ATP Ranking.

The Spaniard lost in the first round of the Australian Open last year, so he had just 10 points to defend at the season’s first major. Since Bautista Agut will gain at least 350 points after reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final, he is already poised to climb from No. 24 to No. 17, so long as Tiafoe and Pouille fail to reach the final.

But if Bautista Agut defeats Tsitsipas, he could potentially soar to No. 14, pending Raonic’s quarter-final result against Pouille. Bautista Agut, who achieved his career-high of No. 13 in October 2016, would guarantee himself at least a return to that mark by reaching the final, and he would crack the Top 10 for the first time at No. 9 by claiming the trophy.

Bautista Agut’s Round-By-Round ATP Rankings Projection (Current Points: 1,955)

 Australian Open Champion  Finalist  Semi-finalist
 3,595  2,795  2,315

Raonic Surging
Raonic is no stranger to climbing the ATP Rankings, as he ascended to World No. 3, his top mark, on 21 November 2016. But the Canadian entered the Australian Open as the No. 17 player in the world.

If Raonic defeats Pouille to reach his fourth Grand Slam semi-final and his second in Melbourne (also 2016), he will move to at least No. 14 on 28 January, and as high as No. 12, depending on the results of Tsitsipas-Bautista Agut and Nadal-Bautista Agut. Like Bautista Agut, Raonic can earn a spot in the Top 10 next Monday by winning his first major title, which would propel him to World No. 9.

Raonic’s Round-By-Round ATP Rankings Projection (Current Points: 2,250)

 Australian Open Champion  Finalist  Semi-finalist
 3,890  3,090  2,610

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