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The Five Players Challening For No.1 At The US Open

Besides a there being a Grand Slam title at stake, a group of players also have the chance of finishing the tournament at the top of the ATP standings.



Daniil Medvedev hits a forehand during the Men's Singles championship match at the 2021 US Open, Sunday, Sep. 12, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Darren Carroll/USTA)

At this year’s US Open the age range of players challenging for the No.1 position go from 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz to 36-year-old Rafael Nadal. 


The top spot is currently held by Daniil Medvedev who is the reigning US Open champion and will be seeking to become the first player outside the Big Three to win back-to-back titles in New York since Patrick Rafter (1997 and 1998). He will be defending a total of 2000 ranking points but when those points drop off on August 29th he will fall behind Nadal who didn’t play at the tournament last year due to injury. The gap between the two players will be 745 points, so Medvedev will need to go a couple of rounds better than the Spaniard to maintain his top spot. 

Nadal’s quest to the top depends on how his rivals perform and if he will be able to regain his form. The 22-time major champion has only played one match since pulling out of his Wimbledon semi-final clash against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal injury. At the Cincinnati Masters, he fell in straight sets to Borna Coric who went on to win the title. 

“It’s a very special place for me, and I enjoy it, unforgettable moments there, and I’m gonna try my very best every single day to be ready for that,” Nadal recently told reporters about playing at the US Open. 

A four-time champion, Nadal last played at Flushing Meadows in 2019 when he lifted the trophy. In 2020 he skipped the event due to concerns related to covid-19 and the following year a foot injury sidelined him. 

A trio of other players could also claim the No.1 spot but they need their opponent to lose earlier than them in the tournament and reach the final at least. Out of those players, Norway’s Casper Ruud is the only one to have previously played in a Grand Slam final. Doing so at the 2022 French Open where he lost in straight sets to Nadal. Ruud, who is yet to go beyond the third round in New York, is bidding to become the first tennis player from his country to become world No.1. 

Coincidentally Stefanos Tsitsipas is another player who is yet to venture beyond the third round at the US Open. Although he is a three-time Australian Open semi-finalist and has reached the same stage at Roland Garros. The Greek has mixed emotions about his current form after reaching the final in Cincinnati before losing in straight sets to Coric. 

Finally, teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz is in with a shout of becoming the youngest ATP No.1 in history. A record currently held by Lleyton Hewitt who reached the milestone at the age of 20. The Spaniard has been a revelation this year by reaching six Tour finals, winning two Masters 1000 titles and an ATP 500 event. However, his North American preparation saw him losing his opening match at the Canadian Open to Tommy Paul and then he lost in the quarter-finals of Cincinnati to Cameron Norrie. Both of those matches were lengthy three-set encounters. 

The contenders will learn more about their path to No.1 on Thursday when the US Open draw takes place. Then the first round will get underway on Monday. 

Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings Points (as of 29 August)

  1.  Rafael Nadal 5,630
  2. Alexander Zverev 5,040 (not playing US Open and not in contention of claiming No.1 spot)
  3. Daniil Medvedev 4,885
  4. Stefanos Tsitsipas 4,800
  5. Carlos Alcaraz 4,740
  6. Casper Ruud 4,650

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Points on offer at the US Open

  • Winner: 2,000 points
  • Finalist: 1,200 points
  • Semi-finalist: 720 points
  • Quarter-finalist: 360 points
  • Fourth Round: 180 points
  • Third Round: 90 points
  • Second Round: 45 points
  • First Round: 10 points


Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker

According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.



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Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.


Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.

This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.

The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.

Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.

“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.

“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”

Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.

Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero Analyses Key Areas For Carlos Alcaraz’s Development

Juan Carlos Ferrero has outlined the next steps in Carlos Alcaraz’s development.



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Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero has analysed the key areas for the Spaniard’s development heading into the 2024 season.


The former world number one’s season has come to an end after a successful year which saw him win the Wimbledon title as well as winning two Masters 1000 titles.

Alcaraz capped off an incredible season by reaching the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

However there is a long way for the Spaniard to go if he wants to consistently go toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic.

Speaking to Marca Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about the Spaniard’s development and said that Alcaraz is too emotional, “Be more regular in games, not open doors. Sometimes there are mistakes and it is something that we have to improve a lot,” Ferrero commented.

“Although it is true that he opens doors, he always competes well and at the highest level. He knows it, the other day he already said that Novak doesn’t give you one. He has to improve his decision making and he will achieve that with experience. Carlos is very emotional and that sometimes helps him and other times not so much.”

It’s clear Alcaraz’s high-quality is there but to consistently do it against Djokovic is another task altogether as the Spaniard looks to go from strength-to strength next season.

One area that is clearly a priority for Alcaraz is physical conditioning especially considering what happened against Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier in the season.

Ferrero said that will be a clear focus heading into 2024 but couldn’t guarantee that Alcaraz will play a tournament before the Australian Open, “Because of the year and the fatigue he has been in, what he needs is rest and disconnecting for 8-10 days with his friends,” Ferrero stated.

“From there, the thinking must go back to working really hard, strong and well to start very strongly in Australia. One can never be sure of that. Sometimes you play a tournament and it doesn’t go well, you left home too early. There are many ways of thinking.

“This year we haven’t played Australia and he finishes number two. That means there is no urgency to play a tournament early. Carlos is a player who enters competition quickly, you don’t usually see him without rhythm.

“Although it is true that he becomes more dangerous from the round of 16, from the quarter-finals. I am confident that the two exhibition matches and the training sessions will help us play a good tournament.”

Alcaraz will be looking to play the Australian Open which starts on the 15th of January after the Spaniard missed last year’s tournament due to a leg injury.

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Australian Open Chief Confident Nadal Will Play But Kyrgios’ Participation Uncertain



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The tournament director of the Australian Open says he is ‘certain’ that Rafael Nadal will play at the Grand Slam even though the Spaniard has yet to outline his comeback plans. 


Craig Tiley told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday he hopes to receive some clarity over Nadal’s intentions in the next couple of weeks but is confident he will play. However, the tennis official had previously claimed in October that the former world No.1 had already committed to play in the event before his team denied that statement.  

Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, hasn’t played a Tour match since his second round defeat at the Australian Open in January due to a hip injury. He was originally expecting to take an eight-week break but the recovery didn’t go to plan and he ended up having surgery. In May he confirmed that he will take an extended break from the sport to heal his body and admitted that retirement next year is a possibility.

“Rafa has been training, I follow him closely, probably every day because he’s a massive drawcard for us,” the Reuters News Agency quoted Tiley as saying. 
“He wants to play, he’s obviously planning on playing. It all depends on how he pulls up.
“Hopefully in the next week or the next two weeks, we get some specific confirmation of that. I’m certain Rafa will be here because he’s not going to want to miss the opportunity to repeat what he did a couple of years ago.”

Earlier this month Nadal confirmed that he intends to return to the Tour but admits that he will continue to experience a degree of pain. Although he has yet to give any information about which tournament he will begin his comeback at. The 2024 season begins during the first week of January.

“I’m well, training, and happy. I’m at a good stage of my life,” quoted Nadal as telling reporters in Barcelona.
“Until now I didn’t know if I would play tennis again someday, and now I genuinely believe I will. I’m still not ready to say when, but I’m able to train increasingly longer, and the progress is good.’

Will Kyrgios play?

Another player Tiley is eager to welcome back is home player and former Wimbledon Finalist Nick Kyrgios who has only played one Tour-level match this season due to injury. He underwent knee surgery in January and then tore a ligament in his wrist during the summer. As a result, the Australian currently doesn’t have an ATP ranking due to his inactivity. 

“We have spoken to Nick, and he obviously wants to do the best he possibly can to give him the best chance to play in January,” Tiley said of Kyrgios.
“Whether he’s playing, whether he’s doing something else, Nick will be here in January and to get him to play will be great. But we’ve got to take it as it comes and he’s got to make sure he takes care of his health …” 

Kyrgios recently worked as an analyst for the Tennis Channel during this year’s ATP Finals in Turin and gave a brief update on his ongoing recovery during a segment. 

“After last year, I had such a great year, and I’m so hungry to get back out there,” the 2022 Wimbledon finalist commented.
“So I’m doing everything I can to get back out there. Obviously, you know how injuries are every day, just doing the rehab, doing the gym work.”

The Australian Open will begin on Sunday 14th January. Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka are the defending champions. 

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