Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ATP had to change the ranking system for a year, with players dropping no points between March 2020 - March 2021. In the previous two weeks, all the players except Rafael Nadal were hoping for a strong Roland Garros run and adding points to their tallies, with all eyes set on Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.
In the end, Rafa defended the title in Paris, earning the 13th Roland Garros crown and the 20th overall, matching Roger Federer's record. World no. 1 Novak Djokovic lost in the final to Nadal, going one step further than in 2019 and extending the gap to the Spaniard on the ATP throne.
Novak is almost 2000 points ahead of Rafa, securing the year-end no. 1 honor and continuing to chase Roger Federer's record of 310 weeks as world no. 1. Novak should get there next March, with the points from Paris Masters, the ATP Cup and the Australian Open lingering safely in his bag.
Nadal claimed the 13th Roland Garros crown at 34, without losing a set, extending his dominance on the slowest surfaces and remaining in the top-2, 725 points ahead of Dominic Thiem, who lost in the quarter-final to Diego Schwartzman after a thriller.
The Austrian is 2500 points clear of Roger Federer who has played only one tournament in 2020, keeping his points from 2019 to remain in the top-4 despite the fact he had to skip all the action after Melbourne. Stefanos Tsitsipas played on a high level in the last three weeks, losing the Hamburg final to Andrey Rublev and advancing into the semi-final at Roland Garros to enter the top-5 ahead of Daniil Medvedev.
The Greek gave his best in the battle for the final against Novak Djokovic, suffering a five-setter loss and withdrawing from this week's ATP 500 event in St. Petersburg, hoping to return in Vienna and Paris. After the semi-final run at the US Open, Daniil Medvedev lost the ground on clay, suffering early losses in Hamburg and Paris and falling behind Tsitsipas.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the world's leading players.
The German Alexander Zverev failed to repeat the Roland Garros quarter-final from 2018 and 2019, hitting the exit door in the fourth round against Jannik Sinner but staying 7th on the ATP list, 1240 points behind Medvedev.
Both the Russian and the German will compete at home this week, Medvedev in St. Petersburg and Zverev in Cologne. The Rome finalist Diego Schwartzman embraced another fine clay-court event, reaching his first Major semi-final in Paris and passing six rivals to enter the top-10 for the first time.
The Roland Garros quarter-finalist Andrey Rublev has cracked the top-10 for the first time, 114 points ahead of Gael Monfils, who can't catch a break after the season restart. Alongside Diego Schwartzman, Pablo Carreno Busta is the biggest mover in the top-20, with no new faces in the top-30.
Jannik Sinner passed 29 rivals after his maiden Major quarter-final, entering the top-50 as the first player from 2001 generation.