Lu reached the Wimbledon quarterfinal with a win over Andy Roddick, giving him a career high, and making him (based on our Google Alerts) currently the third-most-talked-about person in tennis, behind Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. (Although we'd expect that to end in another day or two, based on the history of this sort of thing.)
Runner-Up: Daniel Brands -- Moved 32 places, from #98 to #66
Brands made the Wimbledon fourth round before losing to eventual finalist Tomas Berdych.
Biggest Percentage Mover -- Cut Ranking By Highest Percent (Top 100) Leader: Lu, cut ranking 49%
Runner-Up: Tomas Berdych -- Moved 5 places, 38%, from #13 to #8
Berdych made his first-ever Slam final, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic before losing (tamely, it's true) to Rafafel Nadal.
Biggest Loser -- Most Places Lost (Top 100) Loser: Tommy Haas -- Dropped 70 places, from #34 to #104
A Wimbledon semifinalist last year, this year Haas has not even been able to play.
Biggest Percentage Loser -- Worst Percentage Increase in Ranking (Top 100)
Loser: Haas, ranking increased 206%.
Ranking Notes It was a busy week in the moves department, not too surprisingly -- five players improved their rankings by at least 20%. (Although even that falls far short of the women -- probably another token of the fact that the ATP rankings are so heavily weighted toward figuring out the proper #1 instead of figuring out the proper #2 through #1500 or so.) In addition to Lu's 49% move, and Berdych's 38% climb, Novak Djokovic gained 33%, to #2 (although that's due more to Roger Federer's loss of points than Djokovic's own gains.) Brands moved up 33%, and Paul-Henri Mathieu rose 22%, to #51.
We had slightly more big downward moves -- seven players fell at least 25%. Haas of course led that list. Roger Federer -- who is down to #3 for the first time since November 2003 -- had the #2 decline, falling 50% to #3. Ivo Karlovic, who was unable to play Wimbledon, fell 48%, to #49. Dudi Sela lost 46%, to #95. Igor Andreev slipped 44%, to #82. Last year's finalist Andy Roddick was perhaps lucky to fall only 29%, to #9. And Paolo Lorenzi lost exactly 25%, ending up at #120.
Our Personal Picks for "Best Mover of the Week"
These are subjective picks!
We could argue for Lu or Berdych, both of whom had amazing percentage moves. But Lu had never before had anything even close to his Wimbledon result, and moved far above his career high, whereas Berdych -- despite an amazing year -- has only roughly matched his career high, and gone only one round beyond his previous best. And Berdych may yet go a lot higher, whereas Lu seems unlikely to have another week like this. We'll go with Lu.