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Ranking Watch: Novak Djokovic’s Return To The Top Ten As Nadal Extends Lead

Novak Djokovic has entered the top 10 after his recent Wimbledon triumph.

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Novak Djokovic has returned to the top ten in the world following his Wimbledon triumph as Rafael Nadal has extended his lead at the top of the world rankings. 

 

The Serb returned to the winners circle on Sunday after winning his 13th grand slam title at SW19 as well as winning his fourth Wimbledon title. The impressive two weeks included wins over world number one, Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson, who defeated Roger Federer in the tournament.

As a result of Djokovic’s impressive run, he now returns to the top ten in the ATP rankings for the first time since October last year. One of the key’s to Novak Djokovic’s quick return to the top ten is his determination to be the best as well as his returning becoming deeper and mixed with more variety.

The Serb has kept his opponent guessing with his return and with his serve as well, which he has perfected well on the big points over the course of the last two weeks. It has become clear that bringing back Marian Vajda was the right thing to do as the Slovakian has brought some confidence and a clear tactical mindset to Djokovic.

The Serb will now be looking to continue his momentum into the North American swing, which will be a huge factor in who ends the season as world number one.

Nadal Extends Lead 

In other ranking news Rafael Nadal has extended his lead at the top of the world rankings over Roger Federer to 2,230 points after reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon. The Spaniard had reached the fourth round at SW19 last year and made a drastic performance this year, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in the last four.

The other factor in why Nadal has extended the lead is that Roger Federer was unable to defend his Wimbledon title after losing to Kevin Anderson in an epic quarter-final, which ended 13-11 in the fifth set to the South African. This lead could turn out to be crucial as the Spaniard has a US Open title to defend in September.

Here is the new top ten, with the US Open Series fast approaching:

1. Rafael Nadal – 9,310

2. Roger Federer – 7,080

3. Alexander Zverev – 5,665

4. Juan Martin Del Potro – 5,395

5. Kevin Anderson – 4,655

6. Grigor Dimitrov – 4,610

7. Marin Cilic – 3,905

8. John Isner – 3,720

9. Dominic Thiem – 3,665

10. Novak Djokovic – 3,335

 

 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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