ATP Rankings: Carlos Alcaraz at No 1, Casper Ruud misses out on No 2, Novak Djokovic back up to No 5

Carlos Alcaraz with year-end No 1 trophy Credit: Alamy
Carlos Alcaraz with year-end No 1 trophy Credit: Alamy

Novak Djokovic was the biggest mover in the ATP Rankings this week as he is back in the top five after winning the ATP Finals in Turin with Carlos Alcaraz confirmed as the year-end world No 1.

Having started the 2022 season at No 1, some might look at Djokovic’s fifth-place finish as disappointing, but it was a year that had so many ups and downs that the 21-time Grand Slam winner will see it as a major achievement.

The Serbian finishes the year with 4,820 points – 2,000 points adrift of Alcaraz – but there are so many ifs and buts when it comes to Djokovic’s year as he was unable to defend his Australian Open crown due to his unvaccinated status. He also missed the Indian Wells and Miami Open with each tournament handing out 1,000 points for the winner.

After a relatively normal clay-court season, he then missed out on 2,000 points for winning Wimbledon as the ATP decided not to award the grass-court tournament points due to the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players.

He was also unable to play in the North American hard-court swing, including two ATP Masters events and the US Open, so there is no doubt he would have finished higher if he was allowed to compete.

But the official ATP Rankings has him behind Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas after he won his sixth ATP Finals title on Sunday.

Alcaraz, who became No 1 on the back of winning the US Open in September, was assured of finishing the year at the top after Nadal failed to reach the semi-final of the ATP Finals while Tsitsipas had to win the tournament to usurp the teenager.

“I’m really grateful to lift this amazing trophy. It’s an amazing achievement. All the hard work pays off. For me it’s incredible to lift this trophy today,” the Spaniard said after he received the year-end No 1 trophy earlier in the week.

Nadal, though, stays No 2 ahead of Ruud as the Norwegian had to win Sunday’s final to move back up to No 2.

Daniil Medvedev drops two places to No 7 after failing to reach to knockout stage of the ATP Finals while Holger Rune is bumped out of the top 10 by Hubert Hurkacz as the Dane competed in an ATP Challenger Tour event at this stage last year so lost 23 points.

Further down, Cameron Norrie remains the top Brit as he sits at No 14 with Dan Evans at No 27, Jack Draper at No 42 and Andy Murray at No 49.

ATP Rankings Top 20

1. Carlos Alcaraz Spain 6,820 points
2. Rafael Nadal Spain 6,020
3. Casper Ruud Norway 5,820
4. Stefanos Tsitsipas Greece 5,550
5. Novak Djokovic Serbia 4,820
6. Felix Auger-Aliassime Canada 4,195
7. Daniil Medvedev – 4,065
8. Andrey Rublev – 3,930
9. Taylor Fritz United States 3,355
10. Hubert Hurkacz Poland 2,905
11. Holger Rune Denmark 2,888
12. Alexander Zverev Germany 2,700
13. Pablo Carreno Busta Spain 2,495
14. Cameron Norrie Great Britain 2,445
15. Jannik Sinner Italy 2,410
16. Matteo Berrettini Italy 2,375
17. Marin Cilic Croatia 2,105
18. Denis Shapovalov Canada 2,075
19. Frances Tiafoe United States 2,000
20. Karen Khachanov – 1,990

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