Rafael Nadal could overcome Novak Djokovic also in...



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With the defeat of Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the Roland Garros, the situation was reversed, with the Serbian who on 13 June will hand over the number one position in the ATP world rankings to Daniil Medvedev.

Thus, the Russian will be able to return to occupy the top of the world rankings: he was the first tennis player, since 2004, who has conquered the top after the uninterrupted domination of the Big Four. Behind the US Open winner, there will be Alexander Zverev: despite the stop due to the injury suffered during Roland Garros, the German will be in second place for the first time in his career.

As a result, Novak Djokovic will be world number three in the ranking update on 13 June. Following him will be another former world number one, Rafael Nadal. The win at Roland Garros secured him fourth position. However, the ranking could still vary, thanks to the decision of Wimbledon and the ATP.

Missed points from Wimbledon

With the war in Ukraine, the organizers of Wimbledon, in agreement with the British government, have decided not to let the Russians and Belarusians participate in the tournament. To protect their players, the ATP responded to this decision by choosing not to award points for this Grand Slam event.

Unlike, however, the pandemic period, the points of last year will not be frozen, but will be removed anyway. The Serbian, still number one in the world, risks collapse in the ranking: according to the decision of the ATP, the 2000 points resulting from the victory of the last edition, in the final against Matteo Berrettini will be deducted.

By doing so, Rafael Nadal would overcome him: the Spaniard, unlike his rival, has no point to defend, due to his absence at Wimbledon last year. After last year's semifinal at Roland Garros, the Iberian champion had written about him on social media that he would not participate in Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, to preserve his career. After the win over the Serb at the French Open, Rafa could made another rudeness to his rival.