Holger Rune’s maiden ATP Masters 1000 title has seen him surge up eight places in the ATP Rankings while the injured Alexander Zverev is out of the top 10 for the first time since 2017.
Just a week after reaching the top 20 for the first time, teenager Rune is up to No 10 after a truly remarkable couple of months on the ATP Tour’s end-of-season indoor swing.
He started October by finishing runner-up at the Sofia Open before upsetting top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Stockholm Open final to win the second title of his career and the 2022 campaign.
Next he finished runner-up to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the ATP 500 Swiss Indoors before stunning 21-time Grand Slam winner and defending champion Novak Djokovic in three sets in the Paris Masters final on Sunday.
Having started the year at No 103, Rune now sits at No 10.
“I didn’t expect that at all four or five weeks ago but now I’m here,” he said. “I’m super happy how I officially ended my season, and if there possibly is more matches, I’m just super excited for it.”
He is the first man from Denmark to reach the top 10 with Caroline Wozniacki topping the overall list as she reached No 1 in the women’s ranking, and he hopes it will give tennis a boost in the Scandinavian country.
“I hope it’s going to change. It already changed a little bit since I went into top 30,” he said. “There is more focus on tennis in Denmark in general. We obviously had Wozniacki, but I’m kind of the first male player on the tour. It’s great. You know, more focus in Danish tennis is great.”
Auger-Aliassime is the other red-hot player on the ATP Tour as he won three consecutive titles, but he was denied the chance of playing in a fourth final in a row by Rune, who beat him in the semi-final.
There was some consolation for the Canadian as he moved up two spots to No 6 while Djokovic drops one place after failing to defend his title in Paris-Bercy.
The biggest loser the past few months has been Zverev as the German remains sidelined after picking up a serious ankle injury in the semi-final of the French Open in June.
Zverev missed his Cincinnati Masters and Vienna Open title defence, while he was also unable to defend semi-final points at the US Open and the Paris Masters.
As a result, he has slumped to No 12 – his lowest positions since 2017. He is set for a further drop as he won’t defend his ATP Finals title next week.
Further down the list, Cameron Norrie remains the British No 1 as he sits at No 14 with Daniel Evans next best at No 27 while Jack Draper moved up to No 41 after reaching the second round in Paris. Andy Murray sits at No 46.
ATP Rankings Top 20
1. Carlos Alcaraz Spain 6,820 points
2. Rafael Nadal Spain 5,820
3. Stefanos Tsitsipas Greece 5,350
4. Casper Ruud Norway 5,020
5. Daniil Medvedev – 4,065
6. Felix Auger-Aliassime Canada 3,995
7. Andrey Rublev – 3,530
8. Novak Djokovic Serbia 3,320
9. Taylor Fritz United States 2,955
10. Holger Rune Denmark 2,911
11. Hubert Hurkacz Poland 2,905
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. Denis Shapovalov Canada 2,225
18. Marin Cilic Croatia 2,105
19. Frances Tiafoe United States 2,090
20. Karen Khachanov – 1,990
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