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Kratochvil breaks into top 70

Kratochvil is now just 16 places short of the top 50 Keystone

Bern's Michel Kratochvil has reached his highest position to date in the world tennis rankings after reaching the semi-finals of last week's ATP tournament in Barcelona.

Kratochvil climbed 11 places to 66th in the world, just two places behind the struggling Swiss number two, Marc Rosset. On Tuesday Kratochvil will be hoping for more success in a first round encounter with Spain’s Alex Calatrava in Majorca.

Swiss number one Roger Federer, who on Monday pulled out of this week’s Munich tournament with back pains, has held onto 19th place.

In the women’s world rankings, Switzerland Martina Hingis still leads an unchanged top 10.

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