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ATP Rankings: Carlos Alcaraz Is On Top Of The World With Ruud By His Side

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By Roberto Ferri, translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

 

With his triumph at the Us Open, Carlos Alcaraz has soared to the very top of the ATP rankings, which was occupied by Daniil Medvedev until two weeks ago; he’s the 28th player to accomplish such feat since the ATP introduced the ranking system on 23 August 1973 based on the results the players achieve in the tournaments.

Tennis history enthusiasts may enjoy casting a glance at the Top 10 which came out on that date:

Ranking PlayerCountry
1Ilie NastaseRomania
2Manuel OrantesSpain
3Stan SmithUSA
4Arthur AsheUSA
5Rod LaverAustralia
6Ken RosewallAustralia
7John NewcombeAustralia
8Adriano PanattaItaly
9Tom OkkerNetherlands
10Jimmy ConnorsUSA

The current 10 best players in the world represent eight different countries and only one continent, Europe. Quite a striking difference compared with the six countries and the three continents present in the first ever ranking:

TOP 10

PositionPlayerCountryPts+/-
1AlcarazSpain6740 +3
2RuudNorway5850 +5
3NadalSpain5810 
4MedvedevRussia5065-3
5ZverevGermany5040-3
6TsitsipasGreece4810-1
7DjokovicSerbia3570-1
8NorrieGB35501
9RublevRussia33902
10HurkaczPoland3355 

These are the players ranked from 11 to 20:

PositionPlayerCountryPts+/-
11SinnerItaly32002
12FritzUSA3055 
13Auger-AliassimeCanada2950-5
14Carreno BustaSpain25101
15BerrettiniItaly2360-1
16CilicCroatia23451
17SchwartzmanArgentina2110-1
18KhachanovRussia199013
19TiafoeUSA19407
20KyrgiosAustralia17805


A few comments:

  • Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest number 1 in tennis history and the fourth Spaniard after Moya, Ferrero and Nadal.        
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime drops out of the top 10, as a result of his defeat to Jack Draper in the second round of the US Open.
  • Karen Khachanov and Nick Kyrgios come back into the top 20 after quite a long absence.  Frances Tiafoe joins the club for the first time. 
  • Jannik Sinner is just one step away from the top 10.
  • Andrej Rublev is back in the top 10 just one month after falling out.
  • Carlos Alcaraz, Casper Ruud, Cameron Norrie and Frances Tiafoe have achieved their best ever ranking.
  • The top 10 players in the world are European.

NITTO ATP FINALS RACE TO TURIN

The Nitto ATP Finals will take off on 13 November. It will feature the 8 best players of the ongoing season and two reserves. The ranking based on the points earned in 2022 is led by Carlos Alcaraz. Here are the top 15. 

PositionPlayerCountryPts
1AlcarazSpain6460
2NadalSpain 5810
3RuudNorway 4885
4TsitsipasGreece4630
5MedvedevRussia3375
6RublevRussia3055
7Auger-AliassimeCanada2680
8ZverevGermany2700
9HurkaczPoland2545
10FritzUSA2385
11NorrieGB2320
12Carreno BustaSpagna2270
13BerrettiniItalia2225
14SinnerItalia2220
15DjokovicSerbia1970

Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas have already mathematically qualified; Novak Djokovic, as a slam winner will just have to be in the first 20 in order to qualify.

We take it for granted that the Serbian will be present in Turin. Five places (including the two reserves) are still to be booked. Ten players will be battling over the next two months: from Daniil Medvedev to Jannik Sinner.

BEST RANKING

Here are the players in the Top 100 who are celebrating their career highest. Among them are two Brits: Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper. A double applause goes to Nuno Borges and Hugo Grenier who make their debut. And a triple applause to Carlos Alcaraz, new Number 1.

PlayerPositionCountry
Alcaraz1 Spain
Ruud2 Norway
Norrie8GB
Tiafoe19USA
Paul29USA
Draper46GB
Cachin58Argentina
Wolf72USA
Galan76Colombia
Borges93Portugal
Grenier95France

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Playing Clay Events After Wimbledon Was A Mistake, Says Diego Schwartzman

The former French Open semi-finalist is seeking to win his first title since March 2021 at the Tel Aviv Open this week.

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Diego Schwartzman (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

Diego Schwartzman will likely reevaluate his schedule for next year after admitting that part of his plans for this summer backfired. 

 

The world No.17 enters into the final quarter of the season with 31 wins against 22 losses on the Tour but is yet to win a title. Although he did reach back-to-back finals back in February in Argentina and Brazil. He has won two out of eight matches against top 10 opposition, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup and Felix Auger-Aliassime in Barcelona. 

Reflecting on his performance, Schwartzman admits that his decision to return to European clay after playing at Wimbledon was a mistake. He lost his second match in Gstaad to Pablo Carreno Busta and then his first in Hamburg to Emil Ruusuvori. 

“It’s difficult to play at the same level every tournament, I’ve made a bad decision playing clay tournaments after Wimbledon, I didn’t have time to rest,” he said during his pre-tournament press conference at the Tel Aviv Open. “I paid the price and had some bad losses. But I started to feel much better in USA hard court season, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who reached the final in Cincinnati and to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. Now I am feeling very good, I really love playing indoor tournaments.”

The 30-year-old has headed straight to Tel Aviv from the Laver Cup where Roger Federer played the last match of his career. Despite Schwartzman’s Team World winning the title for the first time, his only contribution to the tie saw him lose 6-1, 6-2, to Tsitsipas. 

Retirement was very much the topic of conversation during the Laver Cup with others such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic questioned by reporters about their plans in the sport. As for Schwartzman, he stayed coy about how much longer he would continue playing after saying in the past he might stop at the age of 33. 

“33 — is a good age to retire, isn’t it? South Americans are in different situations compared to European players. We travel too much, and sometimes we are not coming back home for 2-3 months, while Europeans can fly home every week. It’s tough,” he said. 
“As for Roger — he’s a special player, I think he is just the greatest in our sport.”

The Argentine is seeded third this week in Israel and will begin his campaign against Arthur Rinderknech who defeated qualifier Marius Copil in his opening match. 

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Laver Cup Daily Preview: Team Europe Goes for a Fifth Straight Laver Cup

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The lineup for Day 3 (twitter.com/lavercup)

Heading into Day 3, the 2022 Laver Cup is feeling extremely familiar.  Team Europe has an 8-4 advantage, and only needs two wins on Sunday to secure their fifth consecutive Laver Cup.  Team World needs to win three matches to pull off the upset and obtain their first. 

 

Sunday’s play gets underway in London at 12:00pm local time.  And each match on Sunday is worth three points.


Matteo Berrettini and Andy Murray (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jack Sock (Team World) – 12:00pm

Berrettini was victorious in both singles and doubles on Saturday, defeating Auger-Aliassime in singles, and teaming with Djokovic to overcome Sock and de Minaur in doubles.  So Matteo gained victories over both of his Sunday opponents on Saturday.  Murray lost to de Minaur in singles on Friday.  Andy and Jack are the most accomplished doubles players in this match, as Sock is pretty much Team World’s doubles specialist.  If he and Felix cannot pull of the victory on Sunday, it could be a pretty short day.


Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (Team World)

Like Berrettini, Djokovic won in singles and doubles on Saturday, comfortably dispatching of Tiafoe in singles.  While it was his first match in over two months, Novak showed no rust whatsoever.  Auger-Aliassime’s loss to Berrettini on Saturday will not help his confidence against the 21-time Major champion.

Novak and Felix have only played once before, and that occurred four months ago in Rome on clay.  It was a pretty tight affair, but Djokovic prevailed 7-5, 7-6(1).  And there’s not much evidence to support a different outcome on Sunday.  Novak is surely eager to re-assert his authority after missing so much of this season due to his vaccination status.


Stefanos Tsitsipas (Team Europe) vs. Frances Tiafoe (Team World) – If Necessary

Tsitsipas easily beat Diego Schwartzman on Friday, dropping just three games.  He is 3-2 against Tiafoe, and 3-1 on hard courts.  However, Frances claimed their most recent encounter, last fall in Vienna, which was also on an indoor hard court.


Casper Ruud (Team Europe) vs. Taylor Fritz (Team World) – If Necessary

Ruud defeated Sock on Friday, while Fritz defeated Norrie on Saturday.  If this match takes place, it will be their first career meeting.


The full Laver Cup schedule is here.

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Laver Cup Daily Preview: Novak Djokovic to Play Singles and Doubles on Saturday

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The lineup for Day 2 (twitter.com/lavercup)

In the wake of Roger Federer’s incredibly emotional retirement on Day 1, the focus of this event shifts to the rest of the competitors on Day 2.  And for the first time in the five-year history of the Laver Cup, Team World goes into Day 2 without a deficit.  With both Federer and Rafael Nadal replaced by alternates for Day 2 and Day 3, is this Team World’s opportunity to capture their first Laver Cup? 

 

Each day, this preview will look at all four scheduled matches, while taking an extended look at the most notable match of the day.  Saturday’s day session gets underway in London at 1:00pm local time, and the night session at 7:00pm.  And each match on Saturday is worth two points.


Matteo Berrettini (Team Europe) vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime (Team World) – 1:00pm

These two good friends have played four times, with Berrettini winning on three of those occasions.  Matteo’s wins came three years ago in the final of Stuttgart on grass, in the quarterfinals of last year’s Wimbledon, and a year ago in this event.  Auger-Aliassime’s only win occurred last summer in Cincinnati.  Matteo is coming off a quarterfinal run in New York, as well as three victories last week in Davis Cup.  Felix was upset in the second round of the US Open by Jack Draper, and went 2-1 in Davis Cup.


Cameron Norrie (Team Europe) vs. Taylor Fritz (Team World) – Second in the Day Session

Norrie was also an alternate in last year’s Laver Cup, but did not play.  Fritz was a part of Team World in 2019, when he went 1-1 in singles, defeating Dominic Thiem during Sunday’s play in a must-win match to keep his team alive.  Cam is now 45-22 on the year, while Fritz is 36-17.  Both men achieved their best-ever Major performances two months ago at Wimbledon.  They played each other just last week in Davis Cup, with Norrie prevailing after three tight sets.  Overall they have split 10 previous meetings.


Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Frances Tiafoe (Team World) – 7:00pm

Is Tiafoe ready to upset another member of “The Big Three” on Saturday?  He earned the biggest win of his career by taking out Rafael Nadal at the US Open, and defeated Nadal and Federer in doubles on Day 1 alongside Jack Sock.  Meanwhile, this will be the first match for Djokovic in over two months, since he won the Wimbledon final over Nick Kyrgios.  The unvaccinated Novak was unable to travel to North America for the hard court summer season.

Djokovic has only played seven tournaments this year, amassing a record of 23-5.  Tiafoe is 26-19, and is coming off his exciting semifinal run in New York.  Their only previous matchup was at the 2021 Australian Open, when Novak defeated Frances in four sets.  Frances is certainly the much more match-tough player on this day.  But despite his recent inactivity, Djokovic should still be considered the favorite.


Matteo Berrettini and Novak Djokovic (Team Europe) vs. Alex de Minaur and Jack Sock (Team World) – Second in the Night Session

Novak will have only a few minutes of rest ahead of this doubles match, so the length of his match with Tiafoe could impact the result here.  This will be Novak’s first time playing doubles since last year’s Davis Cup finals.  Berrettini played three doubles matches this past January at the ATP Cup, going 1-2.  De Minaur overcame Andy Murray in singles on Friday in what was a grueling contest, while Sock was defeated in singles and victorious in doubles.


The full Laver Cup schedule is here.

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