Melbourne VIC, Australia, 11 October 2016 |

Nick Kyrgios has climbed to a career-high ranking of world No.14 after his victory at the Japan Open Tennis Championships.

Kyrgios’s title in Tokyo – an ATP 500 trophy, the biggest of his collection so far – put him within 200 points of David Goffin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who are perched just above him at No.12 and No.13.

Kyrgios currently sits in 12th position in the Race to London – the top eight players qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena.

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His ascent is the latest milestone in what has been breakthrough season for the young Aussie.

He claimed his first career title in Marseille in February, cracked the top 20 in April and won a second ATP trophy in Atlanta in August before his exploits in Japan.

Another Aussie rising in the ranks was Daria Gavrilova, who jumped 11 places after her quarterfinal finish at the China Open.

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Gavrilova’s trip to the final eight in Beijing was her second deep run at an elite WTA Premier event in 2016 – she also reached the quarters in Rome.

Gavrilova has been the second-ranked Aussie female behind Sam Stosur for some time now, yet there was significant movement below her.

Lizette Cabrera vaulted from No.8 to No.4 in the Aussie rankings after rising 60 places to world No.286.

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The jump came after her ITF title in Brisbane – her second straight Pro Tour trophy – was factored into her ranking.

On the men’s side, James Duckworth improved 26 spots to world No.149 after qualifying for the Japan Open and then reaching the second round of the main draw.