After the fifth Masters 1000 tournament of the season in Rome, there are two changes in the top-10 but none in the first five positions, although that may change very soon. Rafael Nadal managed to defend the title in Rome and 1000 points but his deficit to Novak Djokovic has grown to 4410 points after Novak reached the final and earned points in comparison to 2018, standing on 12355 while Nadal collected 7945.
The Serb is spending the 251st week on the ATP throne and could gain points at Roland Garros as well before the period where he has to defend much more than the Spaniard, starting from Queen's in June. Roger Federer had to withdraw before the quarter-final match in Rome but he collected some points as well, trailing 2000 behind Nadal and opening an 1100-point gap in front of Dominic Thiem.
The struggling German Alexander Zverev suffered another early exit and he is now 700 points behind the Austrian and only just ahead of rising Stefanos Tsitsipas who should pass him after Roland Garros and crack the top-5 for the first time.
The young Greek is on a career-high 6th place after reaching the semi-final in Rome, passing Kei Nishikori and hoping for more of the same in Paris where Thiem and Zverev have a lot of points to defend. Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner complete the top-10 group, with the American being sidelined since Miami and missing Roland Garros as well.
Fabio Fognini and Karen Khachanov have both gained one spot, sending Marin Cilic down to 13th while the only new player in the top-20 is Rome semi-finalist Diego Schwartzman, returning there for the first time since February.
The Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco grabbed three wins in Rome (his 400th tournament in a career), entering the top-20 again and moving closer to that milestone 800th consecutive week in the top-100. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Fabio Fognini, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Cameron Norrie, Jaume Munar, Ugo Humbert, Christian Ruud and Alexander Bublik are on career-high positions after Rome and we shall see what changes will Geneva and Lyon bring ahead of the ultimate battlefield at Roland Garros. ATP rankings