ATP Rankings: Novak Djokovic sets record, career-high for Taylor Fritz, Rafael Nadal hits six-year low

Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Credit: Alamy
Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Credit: Alamy

It is “happy record-breaking week” for Novak Djokovic at the top of the ATP Rankings while Taylor Fritz is now at a career-best high and Rafael Nadal is at his lowest position since 2017.

Djokovic is now the all-time record holder in both men’s and women’s tennis as he has started a 378th week at No 1 to surpass Steffi Graf’s milestone.

The 22-time Grand Slam winner, though, has been the leading the way in men’s game in terms of weeks at No 1 since March 2021 when he bettered Roger Federer’s mark of 310 – giving him a 68 weeks and counting advantage at the top.

“Of course, it’s surreal in a way to be that many weeks world No 1, to match Steffi Graf, who is one of the all-time greats of our sport, both men and women,” the 22-time Grand Slam winner, who returned to No 1 on the back of his Australian Open win, said.

“Just being amongst these legendary names is flattering. I’m very proud of it.”

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Carlos Alcaraz remains at the No 2 despite finishing runner-up at the Rio Open to Cameron Norrie. The Spaniard, who started the 2023 season at No 1, had a chance of drawing level with Djokovic at the top on 6,980 points, but the Serbian would have won the tie-breaker as he has more points from Nitto ATP Finals, Grand Slams and ATP Masters 1000s.

With Norrie beating the Spaniard in the final, no tie-breaker was needed and Alcaraz finds himself 200 points behind Djokovic with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud and Fritz completing the top five.

It is the first time that Fritz has reached the top five even though he didn’t play last week. The American moved up two places on the back of Andrey Rublev’s quarter-final loss in Dubai while Rafael Nadal has slumped to No 8.

Rublev drops one place to No 6 while Daniil Medvedev is back in the top 10 at No 7 after winning the Qatar Open on Saturday with Nadal now at No 8 – his lowest position since January 2017 when he was No 9.

22-time Grand Slam winner Nadal – who is currently sidelined with a hip injury – could drop out of the top 10 next week if those below him enjoy extended runs at the Dubai Tennis Championships or Mexican Open.

The last time Nadal was outside the top 10 was in April 2004.

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Holger Rune complete the top 10 while Cameron Norrie moves up one spot after defeating Alcaraz in the Rio Open final.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray is back in the top 60 following his run to the final of the Qatar Open. He is now once again the British No 3 (behind Norrie and Dan Evans) as he is up to No 52 with Jack Draper at No 53.

ATP Rankings top 20

1. Novak Djokovic Serbia 6,980 points
2. Carlos Alcaraz Spain 6,830
3. Stefanos Tsitsipas Greece 5,805
4. Casper Ruud Norway 5,515
5. Taylor Fritz United States 3,660
6. Andrey Rublev – 3,405
7. Daniil Medvedev – 3,320
8. Rafael Nadal Spain 3,315
9. Felix Auger-Aliassime Canada 3,245
10. Holger Rune Denmark 3,161
11. Hubert Hurkacz Poland 3,065
12. Cameron Norrie Great Britain 2,815
13. Jannik Sinner Italy 2,655
14. Karen Khachanov – 2,470
15. Frances Tiafoe United States 2,350
16. Alexander Zverev Germany 2,320
17. Pablo Carreno Busta Spain 2,240
18. Lorenzo Musetti Italy 1,855
19. Nick Kyrgios Australia 1,825
20. Borna Coric Croatia 1,815

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