ATP Rankings: Novak Djokovic extends record, Rafael Nadal’s final fortnight in top 10 before big drop

Rafael Nadal in action Credit: Alamy
Rafael Nadal in action Credit: Alamy

The top five of the ATP Rankings remains unchanged as Novak Djokovic continues his record-extending stay at world No 1, but Rafael Nadal is starting his final two weeks in the top 10 before he drops out.

After taking a break in order to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up en route to winning a 10th Australian Open title, Djokovic made his return at the Dubai Tennis Championships last week.

He reached the semi-final before coming up against an inspired Daniil Medvedev as the 2021 US Open champion brushed him aside 6-4, 6-4, but the 22-time Grand Slam winner still added 180 points to his tally to move to 7,160 points at the top.

This week also marked his 379th week at No 1 in both the men’s and women’s game as he is now two ahead of Steffi Graf’s previous mark of 377.

The top five is unchanged as Djokovic is followed by Carlos Alcaraz – who missed last week’s Mexican Open in Acapulco due to a hamstring injury – Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud and Taylor Fritz.

Former world No 1 Medvedev moves back up to No 5 after he continued his incredible form by winning a third consecutive title. The 27-year-old defeated Andrey Rublev in the Dubai final on Sunday for an 18th ATP trophy overall.

Holger Rune is up to a career-high No 8 after the Dane reached the semi-final in Acapulco – losing to eventual champion Alex de Minaur in three sets.

Nadal is down to No 9 as he starts his 911th consecutive week in the top 10, but that run will come to an end after the Indian Wells Open as he won’t feature there as he is still recovering from his hip injury.

With the rankings not updated next week, Nadal will spend another week in the top 10 before he drops out on March 20 and it will be the first time since April 25, 2005 that the Spaniard won’t feature.

Further down the list, Alexander Zverev is back up to No 14 after he reached the semi-final in Dubai. The German has struggled for form since returning to action from the horrific ankle injury that forced him to miss most of the 2022 season.

Meanwhile, De Minaur returns to the top 20 as the Australian sits at No 18 after he won the Mexican Open on Saturday, defeating seventh seed Tommy Paul 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win his seventh career title.

ATP Rankings top 20

1. Novak Djokovic Serbia 7,160 points
2. Carlos Alcaraz Spain 6,780
3. Stefanos Tsitsipas Greece 5,805
4. Casper Ruud Norway 5,560
5. Taylor Fritz United States 3,795
6. Daniil Medvedev – 3,775
7. Andrey Rublev – 3,660
8. Holger Rune Denmark 3,321
9. Rafael Nadal Spain 3,315
10. Felix Auger-Aliassime Canada 3,245
11. Hubert Hurkacz Poland 3,110
12. Cameron Norrie Great Britain 2,815
13. Jannik Sinner Italy 2,655
14. Alexander Zverev Germany 2,500
15. Karen Khachanov – 2,470
16. Frances Tiafoe United States 2,395
17. Pablo Carreno Busta Spain 2,240
18. Alex de Minaur Australia 2,165
19. Tommy Paul United States 2,000
20. Borna Coric Croatia 1,905

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