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January 22, 2023

No Novak Djokovic. No Rafael Nadal. No Roger Federer. No Andy Murray.

On June 13, when the points from last year’s French Open drop in the ATP computer rankings, it will be the first time since November 2003 that none of the “Big Four” have held the top two spots.

Daniil Medvedev will instead return to world No. 1 for the second time this season, while Alexander Zverev will reach a career-high No. 2 in the rankings.

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There are also more changes below, and more changes to come with no ranking points at Wimbledon and Djokovic potentially unable to play tournaments in the United States.

Medvedev becomes number 1 again

Next Monday’s news will be Medvedev’s return to the top of the rankings.

The Russian held the top spot for three weeks earlier this year, the third-shortest stint in ATP Tour history behind Carlos Moya (two weeks) and Patrick Rafter (one week). Medvedev is determined to stay ahead for longer this time.

“I definitely want to be there longer than two weeks,” he said. “I want to try to do it. It’s not something that puts any pressure on me, because I’m really happy that I managed to do it. I remember Indian Wells. I lost, I don’t did not like my match against Gael [Monfils]. That’s when I knew I was going to lose first place.

“I went on the internet and looked up, like this on Google, who the shortest No. 1 players in the world were, and the first one I saw Pat Rafter be there for a week, and that’s a absolute legend, and Carlos Moya was somewhere there.

“It’s something no one can take away from me. Few players could handle it playing tennis. It’s a big motivation to try and get back there.”

Medvedev’s hopes could be complicated by the fact that he is not allowed to play in the UK this summer following the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, he still has a full grass calendar, starting with the Libema Open this week, Halle (an ATP 500 like Queen’s) and then Mallorca.

Djokovic about to crash

Still No. 1 for a record 373rd week, Djokovic is set to soon fall to his lowest position since October 2018 for failing to defend his Australian Open title (minus 2,000 points) and losing in the quarter-finals. of the French Open while defending champion (minus 1,640 points).

And there is worse to follow.

He will not be able to defend his 2,000 points at Wimbledon after the tournament was stripped of ranking points by the ATP in response to its banning of Russian and Belarusian players. Then there is uncertainty whether the Serb can play the US Open and any preparatory events in America as travelers there still need to be vaccinated to enter. Djokovic made the US Open final last year, so losing those 1,200 points would be another big blow to his rankings.

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Nadal all the way to No. 4

With his victory at Roland Garros, Nadal is back to world No. 4 above Stefanos Tsitsipas, who drops to No. 5 after exiting the last 16. Tsitsipas will be looking to rack up points on his return to the Stuttgart Open this week amid uncertainty over when Nadal will play next, although he has said he is keen to play Wimbledon as he is looking to win his third Grand Slam title of the year.

As he missed most of the second half of last year due to injury, Nadal hasn’t dropped many ranking points in the coming months. If Zverev is out for a long spell with the injury suffered against Nadal at Roland Garros, that could also pave the way for the 22-time Grand Slam champion to move up the ranks.

Ruud set to move to No.5

Tsitsipas will stay at world No. 5 for only a week before dropping to No. 6, his lowest ranking since March 2021. The Greek will drop his points after making the French Open final last year on June 13 while that Ruud strengthened his position by making the 2022 final in Paris.

Ruud will move up to world number 6 this week, ahead of Carlos Alcaraz and Andrey Rublev, and then edge ahead of Tsitsipas next Monday.

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Cilic goes up, Federer at No. 50

Marin Cilic and Holger Rune are two of the big players this week in the top 50 after their races at Roland Garros.

Cilic reached the semi-finals, losing to Ruud, and moved up six places to No. 17 in the world, while 19-year-old Rune moved up 12 places to No. 28 in the rankings.

Roger Federer’s continued inactivity means he drops to 50th in the rankings.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will fall even further in the coming weeks as he drops points from last year’s French Open and Halle in 2019. When Halle drops out of the standings on June 20, he will will only have Wimbledon points against his name and those will be dropped this summer which will leave Federer unranked.

Nadal without fault in the Race to Turin classification

Nadal’s win cemented his position at the top of the Race to Turin leaderboard, which is used to determine who qualifies for the season-ending ATP Tour Finals.

Nadal has 5,620 points, far behind second-placed Alcaraz (3,820) and third-placed Tsitsipas (3,670).

Ruud is fourth (3,065), ahead of Zverev (2,700), Andrey Rublev (2,280), Felix Auger-Aliassime (2,205) and Medvedev (2,080).

Djokovic is in ninth place with 1,970 points.

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