ATP RANKINGS 21-08-2017: Rafael Nadal is the new world number 1!



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ATP RANKINGS 21-08-2017: Rafael Nadal is the new world number 1!

Despite the fact he didn't play his best tennis after the clay season, Rafael Nadal has collected enough points to finally get back to the ATP throne for the 4th time, and the first since July 2014! With 7645 points near his name, Nadal is the player with the lowest number of points at the top of the ATP standings since the introduction of this kind of system in 2009, taking advantage of this chaotic season. Andy Murray slid to 2nd after spending 41 weeks at the top, winning just 25 matches so far in 2017 and missing both Montreal and Cincinnati due to injury.

Briton is 500 points behind Spaniard, but only 5 ahead of Roger Federer, who remained 3rd but who will set his eyes on that leading position during the US Open. Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic stayed 4th and 5th, but that will also not stand for too long, as they have to defend the points from the last year's US Open final and we will not see them again on the court in 2017.

Alexander Zverev gained another position for a career-high number 6, creating some gap ahead of Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem in 7th and 8th. Cincinnati champion Grigor Dimitrov is 9th, which is his best ranking in 4 years, and Kei Nishikori closes the Top 10 company.

Milos Raonic is out from the Top 10 for the first time since April 2016, while John Isner moved to 14th after reaching the semis in Cincinnati, his best position since March last year. Nick Kyrgios, beaten finalist in Cincinnati, is back inside the Top 20, ahead of Tomas Berdych and Lucas Pouille who are the last players in that group. Top 20 list:

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