Rafael Nadal catches John McEnroe on 170 weeks at the top of ATP rankings


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Rafael Nadal catches John McEnroe on 170 weeks at the top of ATP rankings

World number 1 Rafael Nadal is preparing for the title defense in Monte Carlo and he has to go all the way in order to keep the ATP throne and stay in front of Roger Federer who is just 100 points behind him. This is the 170th week at the top of the ATP rankings for the Spaniard, catching John McEnroe in the 5th place on the list, 53 behind Novak Djokovic. There were no changes in the Top 15 which means that Marin Cilic still occupies the third spot, far behind Rafa and Roger.

Alexander Zverev is only 60 points behind Marin and these two could meet in the semi-final of Monte Carlo to determine who will be third and fourth in seven days time. Grigor Dimitrov will try to shape his form and make a good result in the Principality if he wants to get closer to Marin and Alexander on the list, trailing 350 points behind the Croat.

Juan Martin del Potro is not in Monte Carlo and Dominic Thiem should close the gap to the Argentinian in the next couple of weeks with good results in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Kevin Anderson and John Isner are ninth and tenth and they could be passed by David Goffin who seeks the first solid result since Rotterdam and that eye injury that kept him out from the court for weeks.

Lucas Pouille, Pablo Carreno Busta and Novak Djokovic are all in Monte Carlo, hoping for a strong run that would bring them closer to those inside the Top 10, and we should see more changes in the Top 20 compared to previous weeks.

Marrakech finalist Kyle Edmund is the biggest mover in the Top 30, claiming three positions for a career-high 23 spot, while Houston finalist Tennys Sandgren enters the Top 50 for the first time.

Yuki Bhambri and Ivo Karlovic are the biggest movers in the Top 100 and the Indian is the only new player in the elite group this week. Top 20 rankings list:

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