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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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Dominic Thiem Rules Federer Out Of GOAT Debate

The Austrian puts forward his theory on who should be regarded as the best player in history.

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The honour of which player deserves to be regarded as the greatest of all time (GOAT) should be decided based on one factor, according to Dominic Thiem. 

 

The former world No.3 has weighed in on the debate by suggesting that the argument should be settled by the number of Grand Slam titles a player has won as they are the most prestigious tournaments in the sport. In tennis, the four major tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. 

Thiem’s GOAT criteria have therefore ruled Roger Federer out of contention. The Swiss maestro was at one stage the frontrunner due to the numerous records he has broken throughout his career. However, he retired from the sport last year with 20 Grand Slam trophies under his belt which is less than both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who are currently on 22 each. 

“In my opinion, the Grand Slam titles should be the defining criteria when determining the best of all time, they are the four most important tournaments in tennis,” Eurosport quotes Thiem as saying. 
“Everything else is fine, but it’s not the same. The Slams are what counts, so the GOAT will probably be the one with the most Grand Slams.”

Others will argue that more factors should be taken into account in the subjective debate. For example, Federer has won 103 ATP titles which are more than his two rivals, Djokovic holds the record for most weeks as world No.1 and Nadal has won more tournaments on clay than any other player in history. Furthermore, there is the players’ win-loss rate on the Tour and their records against the top 10 players. 

Recently at the Australian Open Djokovic won the men’s title for a historic 10th time in his career. An achievement that has been hailed by Thiem who was runner-up to the Serbian at Melbourne Park in 2021. 

“I am not very surprised, Djokovic still looks young,” he said. “Physically and mentally, because of the way he moves on the court. It’s like he was 25 years old.
“We have to be honest, he is the best, so his victory was not very surprising.”

Thiem has won one Grand Slam title which was at the 2020 US Open when he became the first man in the Open Era to come back from two sets down to win in the final. He has also been runner-up at the French Open twice, as well as the Australian Open once. 

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Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open Injury ‘Hard To Believe’ In The Eyes Of His Opponent

Some details surrounding Djokovic’s battle with a hamstring issue ‘doesn’t make sense,’ according to Enzo Couacaud.

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The only man to take a set off Novak Djokovic during the Serbian’s run to a historic 10th Australian Open title believes there are unanswered questions over his injury. 

 

France’s Enzo Couacaud took a set off the world No.1 before losing their encounter in the second round at Melbourne Park. At the tournament Djokovic was dealing with a hamstring problem which he picked up at the Adelaide International earlier this year. Throughout the tournament, he was wearing strapping on his leg and there was uncertainty about if he would be able to continue playing in the Grand Slam event. 

Despite the issue, Djokovic claimed a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title by disposing of Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the final. Afterwards his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, claimed that 97% of players would not have played if they were in a similar situation. The exact diagnosis of Djokovic’s injury hasn’t been addressed by his team but Australian Open director Craig Tiley said he suffered a 3mm tear. 

However, Couacaud has questioned the significance of the injury to begin with. During an interview with Tennis Actu, the world No.172 believes that some of the details appear to be ‘far-fetched’ as he draws parallels with Rafael Nadal, as well as footballer Kylian Mbappe.  

“Novak claimed he was playing with an injury, a big injury,” said Couacaud. “When athletes are injured in combat sports, they often can’t continue. When Rafael Nadal is injured, he can’t run. Kylian Mbappe, for example, is out for two weeks.
“And those are the greatest athletes, not those who don’t have access to top-notch care. It is therefore difficult to believe that only one man in the world can continue with an injury.
“When you take the examples of Nadal or Mbappe, but especially Rafa, with an injury to Wimbledon, he couldn’t even serve. When you see the greatest who can’t set foot on the pitch and another who wins a Grand Slam by playing every day for 15 days. It still seems a bit far-fetched.
“There are little things that don’t make sense to me. I was always told not to stretch with an injury. You saw Novak stretching all the time. You say to yourself, either they have a new method in Serbia, or it’s weird. Little things like that, he has his staff, but I’m too far to judge the authenticity of anything. It is true that it seems hard to believe.”

It is not the first time Djokovic has faced accusations that he has in some way exaggerated the significance of an injury. He encountered a similar situation during the 2021 Australian Open where he suffered an abdominal injury. After winning the tournament, he confirmed that he sustained a tear in the region. 

Speaking to journalists at Melbourne Park last month, the tennis star once again hit back at his critics and claimed that he was being singled out. 

“I leave the doubting to those people – let them doubt,” Tennis Majors quoted Djokovic as saying in Serbian following his fourth round win over Alex de Minaur. “Only my injuries are questioned. When some other players are injured, then they are the victims, but when it is me, I am faking it. It is very interesting… I don’t feel that I need to prove anything to anyone.
“I am not really interested at this point what people are thinking and saying. It is fun, it is interesting to see how the narrative surrounding me continues, narrative that is different compared to other players that have been going through similar situation. But I am used to it, and it just gives me extra strength and motivation. So I thank them for that.”

Djokovic has won 93 ATP titles during his career which is the fourth-highest tally in history. Only Ivan Lendl (94), Roger Federer (102) and Jimmy Connors (109) have won more. 

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Novak Djokovic ‘Hurt’ By Father’s Absence From Australian Open Final

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Novak Djokovic said he mutually agreed with his father that he did not attend his latest Australian Open match but admits it was a bitter pill to swallow. 

 

Srdjan Djokovic had attended his son’s matches throughout the majority of the tournament but has recently been caught up in controversy. On Wednesday a video surfaced on social media of the 62-year-old posing for a photo with pro-Russian supporters with one of the fans waving a flag with the face of Vladimir Putin on it. Another fan was also wearing a t-shirt with the ‘Z’ symbol on it which is used to support the Russian army. 

The Russian and Belarussian flags were banned from the tournament this year following an incident in the first round. A Russian flag was shown during a match between Ukraine’s Kateryna Baindl and Russia’s Kamilla Rakhimova. Prompting anger from Ukraine with its ambassador to Australia calling for a ‘neutral flag’ policy to be implemented. 

Srdjan has since issued a statement saying the incident was ‘unintentional’ and said his family ‘only wish for peace in the world.’ He subsequently also missed Djokovic’s semi-final match to avoid any possible ‘disruption’ before doing the same for Sunday’s final.

“I thought things would calm down in terms of media and everything, but it didn’t. We both agreed it would probably be better that he is not there,” Djokovic said after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas to win a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title
“That hurts me and him (Srdjan) a lot because these are very special, unique moments. Who knows if they repeat again? So it was not easy for him.”

Whilst he was not in the stands, Djokovic was reunited with his father shortly afterwards. Although the tennis star said Srdjan ‘was not feeling his best’ due to the situation. 

“It is what it is. I think in the end also what he told me is that it’s important that I feel good on the court, I win the match, and he’s here for me,” Djokovic continued. 
“If it’s going to be better for me as the outcome of the match so that he’s not in the box, then so be it. That was the whole conversation.’
“In a way, I’m also sad that he was not there, present, in the stands. But he was throughout the entire tournament, so it’s fine. In the end, we have a happy ending.”

Djokovic has now won five out of the past seven Grand Slam tournaments he has played in. At the Australian Open alone he has won 28 matches in a row.

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