ATP Ranking: Novak Djokovic rules ahead of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer


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ATP Ranking: Novak Djokovic rules ahead of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

As was expected, the third Grand Slam of the season at Wimbledon has brought significant changes on the ATP ranking list although none of those are related to those from the very top. World no. 1 Novak Djokovic is spending the 260th week on the ATP throne, moving closer to Connors and Lendl and looking good to stay there for a long time after defending 2000 points at Wimbledon.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion defeated Roger Federer in a memorable final that lasted almost five hours, staying 4470 points clear of the closest rival Rafael Nadal ahead of three big North American tournaments on hard courts.

Nadal had the opportunity to at least reduce the deficit but fell short in the semi-final at Wimbledon for the second year in a row, losing to Roger Federer in four sets and allowing the Swiss to move closer to him, with only 485 points separating the great rivals in spots two and three.

Federer will turn 38 soon and that has hardly been an obstacle for him, advancing into his 12th Wimbledon final and wasting a massive opportunity to beat Novak and become world no. 2 again, squandering two match points and losing ground in all three tie breaks to hand the trophy to the Serb.

Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem had a short Wimbledon campaign, bowing out after the first round and standing almost 3000 points behind Roger, hoping for a better run in the next tournaments in Hamburg and Kitzbuhel on his beloved clay.

World no. 5 Alexander Zverev stayed 270 points behind Thiem after another terrible result at Majors, suffering a heavy loss against Jiri Vesely in the first round and taking Hamburg wild card to try to fix the damage and grab some points ahead of North American swing.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is the third player from the top-6 who will not remember his Wimbledon performance for too long, losing to Thomas Fabbiano in five sets in the first round and barely staying in front of Kei Nishikori who reached the quarter-final at the All England Club.

After two wins at Wimbledon, Karen Khachanov is in the top-8 for the first time in a career, followed by Fabio Fognini and another Russian born in 1996 Daniil Medvedev who has cracked the top-10 for the first time, with two Russians in the elite group for the first time since October 2010.

Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner were forced to go down through the rankings, with Anderson losing in the third and Isner in the second round at Wimbledon after much better results a year ago when they fought for the place in the final.

After playing in the first Grand Slam semi-final, Roberto Bautista Agut is on the best ranking position in more than a year, gaining nine spots to settle in the 13th place. David Goffin is back inside the top-30 while Fernando Verdasco and Benoit Paire entered the top-30, together with Taylor Fritz who is on a career-high ranking this week, along with Jordan Thompson, Ugo Humbert and Miomir Kecmanovic, Corentin Moutet, Lloyd Harris.

Sam Querrey is back inside the top-40 after the third Wimbledon quarter-final in the last four years and there are five new players in the top-100, Thiago Monteiro, Alexei Popyrin, Brayden Schnur, Marcel Granollers and Denis Kudla. ATP Rankings