Impact on the ATP rankings: Medvedev returns to No. 1 and no big 3 in the Top 2 for the first time in almost two decades

It is not uncommon to have so many changes in weekly ranking of the men’s tennis chain. But there were some coincidences this Monday: with the participation of several top players, the first two tournaments of the European grass court tour ended, which led to Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year, and on the other hand, this added dates added before 52 weeks by various Roland Garros players last year. From this combination of factors Monday’s standings brought several novelties.

The first change is at the top: a Novak Djokovic The 2000 points as the champion of Roland Garros 2021 slipped away and this loss not only made him give up the first place, but also made him fall on the third step. The Serbian, who already holds the record for staying at the top of the ATP Tour, so far he is saying goodbye to number 1 in the world, which lasts 373 weeks (63 more than Roger Federer). The panorama is difficult for the Balkans, because it will soon be difficult for him to regain the lead, and in fact on July 11 he will lose another 2,000 points as champion of Wimbledon 2021. If the tournament played in All England does not give points, as provided by the sanction , ranked by the ATP for Britain’s Grand Slam tournament on discrimination against Russians and Belarusians, Djokovic may cede more positions in the standings.

Novak Djokovic lost 2,000 points in the standings and lost two positionsJean-Fran├žois Badias – AP

and Russian Daniil Medvedev, who was the leader for three weeks between February 28 and March 20, will celebrate his fourth week today as the first in the standings. To justify this position, the Muscovite added the US Open and Canadian Masters 1000 titles achieved in 2021, the final of this year’s Australian Open, as well as the definitions for the Masters at the end of the year and the Paris-Bercy tournament last November. , as the most remarkable performances. But his last celebration was nine months ago, in the concrete of Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic’s failure brings another rise: from today, Alexander Zverev is the new number 2. Thus, the German reached his best position in the rankings at the age of 25, after a long time as the third in the world. Zverev, who suffered a serious injury to his right ankle and had to retire in the semi-finals of the French Open against Rafael Nadal, had an excellent second half in 2021 with titles in Cincinnati, Vienna and the Masters at the end of the year. year reaches the finals in Madrid and Montpellier and the semifinals of Roland Garros, Rome and Monte Carlo.

Zverev, who received a serious injury at Roland Garros, is 2nd in the ranking as of today
Zverev, who received a serious injury at Roland Garros, is 2nd in the ranking as of todayAN-CHRISTINE PAZHULA – AFP

In addition to waiving points, Rafael Nadal retains the fourth place in the table. This is a great performance for the left-hander from Manacor, who plays almost half of the tournaments compared to his rivals in the Top 10. Another change is the increase in Casper Ruud: The Norwegian, a finalist in the French Open, climbs to fifth place and enters the Top 5 for the first time, for which he replaced the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The movement in the rankings generates unprecedented statistics from almost two decades. In the Top 2, there are no members of the Big 3 (Federer, Nadal and Djokovic) for the first time since the week of November 10, 2003. ). On November 17 of that year, Roger rose to No. 2 (replacing mosquito Ferrero) and since then and among the best two players on the planet, he, Rafa and / or Nole have always been there.

The movement of peaks and troughs also brings strong ascents. For example, the Dutch Tim van Reitoven: unknown until a week ago, he was 205th in the world. But he struck a big blow, becoming the champion of ‘s-Hertogenbosch with an unforgettable victory over Medvedev in the final to jumped almost a hundred positions and climbed to 106th place in the rankings. In terms of failures, that of Federer: Absent from the July 2021 tour (Wimbledon), the Swiss fell 18 places to 68th, its lowest ranking in almost 23 yearsof 11 October 1999 (97th).

Sebastian Baes enjoys his best ranking: he is 34th in the world
Sebastian Baes enjoys his best ranking: he is 34th in the worldAN-CHRISTINE PAZHULA – AFP

As for the Argentines, Diego Schwartzman he lowered one position, to the 16th step; Sebastian Baez he climbed two positions and is 34th, the best ranking of his career; and platense also enjoys his best position Thomas Martin Echevery, which after reaching the final of Perugia Challenger climbed ten places and today is 80th in the world. Cordoba also rose Pedro Kachin (120th), which after reaching the final of the Lyon Challenger is approaching the Top 100.

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