| Dennis Novikov rose 10 places to|
a career-high No. 121 in the world.
2015 photo by Paul Bauman
The 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area rose 10 places to a career-high No. 121 after reaching the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto as a qualifier last week.
The hard-hitting Novikov, 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters) and 200 pounds (91 kilograms), upset No. 43 Federico Delbonis of Argentina in the opening round of the main draw for his first victory over a top-50 player. Novikov then lost to No. 6 Kei Nishikori of Japan.
Novikov also advanced to the second round of Wimbledon as a qualifier earlier this summer. It was the second time he has reached the second round of a Grand Slam tournament. As a wild card in the 2012 U.S. Open, he shocked then-No. 86 Jerzy Janowicz, a 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Pole, before losing to Julien Benneteau of France. Janowicz advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals the following year.
Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses):