Djokovic boosts lead over Nadal in ATP rankings, Tsitsipas reaches milestone
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his victory against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the Mutua Madrid Open tennis final at the Caja Magica, in Madrid, Spain, May 12, 2019. EPA-EFE/Kiko Huesca
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during the Mutua Madrid Open tennis semifinal against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece played at the Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, May 11, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/Rodrigo Jimenez
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after his win over Spain's Rafael Nadal in the Mutua Madrid Open tennis semifinal played at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, May 11, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/JAVIER LIZON
Madrid, May 13 (efe-epa).- Novak Djokovic strengthened grip on the top spot in the ATP ranking issued on Monday, a day after winning his third Madrid Open tennis title, while the runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece made a career-high No. 7.
A day after routing the rising Greek professional in straight sets in the final, Serbian tennis star Djokovic increased his lead to over 4,000 points over Spain's Rafael Nadal, who was ousted in the semifinal of the Madrid Open by Tsitsipas.
Nadal, meanwhile, has been experiencing ups and downs during the clay season, losing in the semifinal of Monte Carlo to Italy’s Fabio Fognini and then the Barcelona Open to Dominic Thiem of Austria before Tsitsipas defeated him in three sets at the same stage in the Spanish capital.
Nadal has made a career of grinding down opponents on clay, his favorite surface.
In the third spot remained Switzerland’s Roger Federer, who decided not to skip the clay season as he had done for a couple of seasons.
Federer left the Madrid Open with a bitter taste in his mouth, as he was defeated by Thiem despite having two match points in the second set tiebreak of the quarterfinal clash.
Then, the 20-time Grand Slam champion confirmed his participation in the Italian Open, the last spot before the French Open, the second Grand Slam event of the year that culminates the year's clay season.
Except for the first three spots of the rankings, the Top-10 has witnessed several changes, with Thiem returning to his career-high No. 4, leapfrogging Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who has been struggling for consistency.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori climbed one spot and Tsitsipas two, to sixth and seventh respectively. The Greek player kicked off the season ranked No. 15 and was 43rd a year ago.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, the 2017 US Open runner-up to Nadal, fell two spots compared to the previous rankings to eighth.
Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro, who lost in his opening Madrid Open match, became ninth ahead of Marin Cilic of Croatia, who came back to the top-10 at the expense of Jonh Isner of the United States.The current top-10 ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:
.1. Novak Djokovic (SERBIA) 12,115 points
.2. Rafael Nadal (SPAIN) 7,945
.3. Roger Federer (SWITZERLAND) 5,770
.4. Dominic Thiem (AUSTRIA) 4,675
.5. Alexander Zverev (GERMANY) 5,770
.6. Kei Nishikori (JAPAN) 3,860
.7. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GREECE) 3,790
.8. Kevin Anderson (SOUTH AFRICA) 3,755
.9. Juan Martin del Potro (ARGENTINA) 3,145
10. Marin Cilic (CROATIA) 3,025. EFE