Alcaraz Soars To Sixth In Rankings After Madrid Romp

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz reacts as he plays against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during their 2022 ATP Tour Madrid Open tennis tournament men’s singles semi-final match at the Caja Magica in Madrid on May 7, 2022. Pierre-Philippe MARCOU / AFP


Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz rose three places to sixth in the men’s ATP rankings following his victory in the Madrid Open on Sunday.

The 19-year-old’s 6-3, 6-1 trouncing of Germany’s Alexander Zverev in Madrid was his fourth title of the year and rubber-stamped his chances of lifting his first Grand Slam in the upcoming French Open.

He had beaten his compatriot Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on the way to the final.

The only worry for Alcaraz is a sore ankle which will see him miss this week’s Rome tournament in order to be fit for the French Open which gets underway on May 22.

Djokovic retains his number one ranking — number two Daniil Medvedev is due to return to action at next week’s Geneva Open after recovering from a hernia operation — while Australian Open champion Nadal remains at four.

Two players in the top 10 are on the slide as Italy’s Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini, who has yet to play on clay this season as he recovers from an operation on his right hand, drops two spots to eighth and Norwegian Casper Ruud slips to 10th from seventh.

Rankings (players representing Russia and Belarus are banned from competing under the name or flag of Russia or Belarus until further notice):

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 8,260 pts

2. Daniil Medvedev 7,990

3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 7,020

4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6,435

5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 5,750

6. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 4,773 (+3)

7. Andrey Rublev 4,115 (+1)

8. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 3,895 (-2)

9. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 3,760 (+1)

10. Casper Ruud (NOR) 3,760 (-3)

11. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 3,380

12. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3,130 (+2)

13. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 3,060 (-1)

14. Taylor Fritz (USA) 2,965 (-1)

15. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,760

16. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2,671

17. Reilly Opelka (USA) 2,440

18. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 2,135

19. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 1,993

20. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 1,830


Federer Drops Out Of Top 10 As Norrie Climbs Rankings

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves the ball to Germany's Dominik Koepfer during their men's singles third round tennis match on Day 7 of The Roland Garros 2021 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 5, 2021. MARTIN BUREAU / AFP
File photo of Roger Federer. MARTIN BUREAU / AFP


Roger Federer dropped out of the top 10 in the ATP rankings on Monday for the first time in almost five years, as newly-crowned Indian Wells champion Cameron Norrie jumped 11 spots.

Federer, 40, has not played due to a right knee injury since losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals to Hubert Hurkacz in July.

Poland’s Hurkacz climbed two places to 10th after making the Indian Wells last eight last week, knocking Federer down to 11th.

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It is the first time the 20-time Grand Slam champion has been ranked outside the top 10 since January 2017, when he went on to win the Australian Open following a knee injury.

Norrie, who beat Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili on Sunday to become the first Briton to win the prestigious Indian Wells title, breaks into the top 20 at world number 15.

His compatriot Andy Murray dramatically slid down the rankings, though, falling 51 places to 172nd.

The former world number one, still on the comeback trail after hip surgery, lost to Alexander Zverev in the third round last week.


ATP top 20:

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11,430 pts

2. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 9,630

3. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 7,995

4. Alexander Zverev (GER) 6,930

5. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 5,635 (+1)

6. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 5,560 (-1)

7. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 4,858

8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3,815

9. Casper Ruud (NOR) 3,615 (+1)

10. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3,378 (+2)

11. Roger Federer (SUI) 3,285 (-2)

12. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 3,263 (-1)

13. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,970 (+2)

14. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2,903 (-1)

15. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 2,895 (+11)

16. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 2,895 (-2)

17. Christian Garin (CHI) 2,510

18. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 2,445 (-2)

19. Gaël Monfils (FRA) 2,383 (-1)

20. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 2,270 (-1)


172. Andy Murray (GBR) 411 (-51)

Nadal Out Of Top Three As Sinner Climbs ATP Rankings

Spain’s Rafael Nadal attends a training session in Melbourne on January 31, 2021, ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament starting on February 8. (Photo by DAVID GRAY / AFP) / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE —


Rafael Nadal slipped out of the top three in the new ATP rankings released on Monday while Jannik Sinner, who won the Washington tournament at the weekend, jumped nine places to 15.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner Nadal lost to Lloyd Harris in the round of 16 in Washington to find himself dropping one place to number four with the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas replacing him at three.

Italian teenager Sinner, who beat the American Mackenzie McDonald in three sets in Washington, climbs from 24th into the higher realms of the game’s elite.

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Sinner, who only turns 20 on August 16, is the youngest player to win an ATP 500 tournament since the category was created in 2009.

By reaching the final, McDonald also enjoyed a dramatic leap from 107th to 64th.

Novak Djokovic, who has won all three majors this year and has his eyes firmly set on completing the sweep with another success at the US Open, remains comfortably at number one.

The Serb has now spent a record 333 weeks in top spot, well ahead of next-best Roger Federer, who managed 310 and is now down at number nine.

ATP rankings as of August 9

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 12,113 pts

2. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 9,643

3. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 8,115 (+1)

4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7,315 (-1)

5. Alexander Zverev (GER) 7,183

6. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6,915

7. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 6,005

8. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 5,533

9. Roger Federer (SUI) 4,215

10. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 3,625

11. Pablo Carreño (ESP) 3,260

12. Casper Ruud (NOR) 3,205

13. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3,118

14. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,913

15. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 2,745 (+9)

16. Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 2,693 (-1)

17. Alex De Minaur (AUS) 2,600 (+1)

18. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,585 (-2)

19. David Goffin (BEL) 2,513 (+1)

20. Christian Garín (CHI) 2,475 (-1)

Djokovic Tops ATP Rankings As Murray Climbs Over 200 Places

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts following a point against Belgium’s David Goffin in their men’s singles semi-final match at the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on October 5, 2019./AFP


Former world number one Andy Murray climbed over 200 places in the new ATP rankings released on Monday while Novak Djokovic extended his lead over Rafael Nadal at the top. 

Scotsman Murray, who is on the comeback trail after career-saving hip surgery, reached the quarter-finals of the China Open where he lost to eventual winner Dominic Thiem.

The run lifted the 32-year-old 214 places from 503 in the world to 289.

He can climb into the top 250 if he beats Juan Ignacio Londero later on Monday in the first round of the Shanghai Masters where Murray is a three-time champion.

Djokovic’s win in Tokyo at the weekend means the Serb is at number one for the 271st week of his career, one more than Ivan Lendl and trailing only Roger Federer (310) and Pete Sampras (286).

Djokovic heads to Shanghai as defending champion while Nadal, his closest pursuer 1,140 points behind, has had to pull out with a wrist injury he picked up during last month’s Laver Cup.

Thiem’s victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Beijing sees the Austrian close to just 50 points behind the Russian Daniil Medvedev.

ATP Rankings as of October 7:

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 10,365 pts

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9,225

3. Roger Federer (SUI) 7,130

4. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 4,965

5. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,915

6. Alexander Zverev (GER) 4,185

7. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 3,630

8. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3,040

9. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 2,945

10. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,575

11. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2,375

12. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2,280

13. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2,221

14. David Goffin (BEL) 2,190 (+1)

15. Borna Coric (CRO) 2,130 (-1)

16. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 1,995

17. John Isner (USA) 1,895 (+2)

18. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 1,780

19. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 1,719 (+1)

20. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 1,670 (+1)


Djokovic Consolidates Lead As World Number One

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his tennis match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on the day 4 of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament on April 16, 2019 in Monaco.


Novak Djokovic stretched his lead over Rafael Nadal at the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, after the Spaniard’s failed bid to win a 12th Monte Carlo Masters title.

Djokovic, winner of the last three Grand Slam tournaments, is now over 3,000 points clear of old rival Nadal despite a quarter-final defeat by Daniil Medvedev in the Principality last week.

World number two, Nadal dropped ranking points after his title defence ended with a shock semi-final loss to eventual champion Fabio Fognini.

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The 31-year-old Italian reached a career-high ranking of 12th after claiming his maiden Masters trophy with a straight-sets win over unheralded Serbian Dusan Lajovic in Sunday’s final.

Fognini jumped six spots to close on the top 10, while Lajovic climbed 24 places to 24th.

ATP Top 20

  1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11,160 pts
  2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 8,085
  3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 5,770
  4. Roger Federer (SUI) 5,590
  5. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,675
  6. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 4,115 (+1)
  7. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3,690 (-1)
  8. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 3,240
  9. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 3,225
  10. John Isner (USA) 3,085
  11. Marin Cilic (CRO) 2,845
  12. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2,840 (+6)
  13. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 2,730 (-1)
  14. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 2,505
  15. Borna Coric (CRO) 2,480 (-2)
  16. Milos Raonic (CAN) 2,050 (-1)
  17. Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 2,041 (-1)
  18. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 1,930 (-1)
  19. Gael Monfils (FRA) 1,875
  20. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 1,820


  1. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 1,515 (+24)


Federer Rises In Rankings After Clinching 100th Title

Switzerland’s Roger Federer/ AFP



Roger Federer’s 100th title lifted him three places to fourth in the ATP rankings on Monday.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the beaten finalist as Federer made history in Dubai also inched up. The Greek climbed one place into the top 10.

Gael Monfils, a beaten semi-finalist, jumped four places and back into the top 20 at 19.

The biggest mover in the men’s rankings was mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios who beat two top three players, No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Alexander Zverev as well as No. 9 John Isner on his way to winning in Acapulco. Kyrgios leaped 39 places to 33rd.

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Novak Djokovic took the week off but remains a long way clear at the top, though both Nadal and Zverev gained a handful of points in Mexico.

Guido Pella, who won his first ATP title in Sao Paulo on Sunday also moved up. The Argentine has the same number of points as Kyrgios but is ranked one spot lower at 34.

ATP top 20:

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)       10,955 pts

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP)          8,365

3. Alexander Zverev (GER)      6,595

4. Roger Federer (SUI)         4,600 (+3)

5. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4,585 (-1)

6. Kevin Anderson (RSA)        4,295 (-1)

7. Kei Nishikori (JPN)         4,190 (-1)

8. Dominic Thiem (AUT)         3,800

9. John Isner (USA)            3,405

10. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)   3,175 (+1)

11. Marin Cilic (CRO)          3,095 (-1)

12. Borna Coric (CRO)          2,695 (+1)

13. Karen Khachanov (RUS)      2,675 (-1)

14. Milos Raonic (CAN)         2,275

15. Daniil Medvedev (RUS)      2,230

16. Marco Cecchinato (ITA)     2,091

17. Fabio Fognini (ITA)        1,885

18. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 1,865 (+1)

19. Gael Monfils (FRA)         1,740 (+4)

20. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)  1,705

Selected others:

33. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)         1,205 (+39)

34. Guido Pella (ARG)          1,205 (+14)


Kyrgios Up Four Spots In ATP Rankings

'Unwell' Kyrgios Sorry For Shanghai Walk-Off
Nick Kyrgios of Australia hits a return during the men’s singles against Steve Johnson of America at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai. CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP

A week before the start of the Australian Open, in-form Nick Kyrgios moved up four places to 17th following his victory in the Brisbane International tournament on Sunday.

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson moved up three places to 11th after reaching the final in Pune while Rafael Nadal held onto top spot ahead of Roger Federer.

1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 10,600pts

2. Roger Federer (SUI) 9,605

3. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4,990

4. Alexander Zverev (GER) 4,610

5. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,060

6. Marin Cilic (CRO) 3,805

7. David Goffin (BEL) 3,775

8. Jack Sock (USA) 3,165

9. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 3,060

10. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2,615

11. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 2,610 (+3)

12. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 2,595 (-1)

13. Sam Querrey (USA) 2,535

14. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2,335 (-2)

15. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2,320

16. John Isner (USA) 2,265 (+1)

17. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 2,260 (+4)

18. Lucas Pouille (FRA) 2,235

19. Andy Murray (GBR) 2,140 (-3)

20. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2,050 (-1)


Williams sisters arrive Nigeria for women’s rights tour

American tennis super-stars Serena and Venus Williams on Tuesday arrived the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos at about 3p.m (local time) with officials of ‘Breaking The Mould,’ BTM campaign who were on ground to receive them.

The visit of the Williams sisters is part of a two-nation tour that will see them play exhibition matches and train kids is aimed at promoting women’s rights.

The sisters having shared 22 major women’s singles championships between them are amongst the world’s and United States’ most successful athletes and their trip is aimed at promoting “the role that women play in shifting perceptions and encouraging development at all levels across the African continent”.

The sisters could only say a few words to pressmen at the airport as security operatives whisked them away immediately they arrived.

The Williams are scheduled to pay the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola a courtesy at the State House on Wednesday, after which they will head to a tennis clinic at Ikoyi Club, visit a puberty education class for girls then play an exhibition match and head to South Africa on Friday, November 2nd.

The Williams sisters have played each other competitively in 23 professional matches since 1998, with Serena winning 13 of these matches. Their overall head-to-head series is 13–10.

Serena who is currently ranked number 3 in the world has played Venus 12 times in Grand Slam singles tournaments and 11 times in other tournaments (including 11 finals).

They have met in eight Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning six times. Beginning with the 2002 French Open, they played each other in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals, which was the first time in the open era that the same two players had contested four consecutive Grand Slam finals.