ATP Rankings: Novak Djokovic counts to 291. Andrey Rublev grabs 500 points



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ATP Rankings: Novak Djokovic counts to 291. Andrey Rublev grabs 500 points

Three ATP tournaments took place in a week behind us and the spotlight was on St. Petersburg, with 500 points up for grabs. Andrey Rublev, Alexander Zverev and Laslo Djere claimed the titles, with the Russian taking a big step towards the ATP Finals berth.

Novak Djokovic is spending the 291st week as world no. 1, moving 19 behind Roger Federer's record of 310. Novak should catch and pass Federer in March, focusing on that record and entering the ATP 500 event in Vienna next week, where he can add 500 points to his tally.

Djokovic will most probably keep the Paris Masters, keeping 1000 points from 2019 and taking a break ahead of the ATP Finals. Novak is almost 2000 points clear of the Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal, who will compete in Paris in a couple of weeks, deciding to prolong the season and step on the court again following that 20th Major crown.

The US Open champion Dominic Thiem is 725 points behind Rafael Nadal, standing miles ahead of the closest rival Roger Federer, who will not play until January next year. Stefanos Tsitsipas is 35 points ahead of Daniil Medvedev, who couldn't defend the title in St.

Petersburg, losing four of the last five matches and hoping for a better run in Vienna. Alexander Zverev claimed the first ATP title since May last year at home in Cologne, beating Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final to grab 250 points, trailing 1035 to Medvedev in front of him and seeking another good run in Cologne 2 this week.

The 23-year-old Andrey Rublev is the only mover in the top-10, passing Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini following the title in St. Peterburg that secured 500 points for him. Andrey took a massive step towards the ATP Finals, standing seventh in the ATP Race and looking good to seal the London berth for the first time in a career.

Andrey Rublev has cracked the top-8 for the first time following St. Petersburg title.

Alongside Novak Djokovic, Rublev is the only player of the season with +30 wins and four ATP titles. Diego Schwartzman will try to defend the eighth spot in the Race ahead of the closest rival and follow Rublev to London, competing as the 2nd seed this week in Cologne 2.

Milos Raonic lost in the semi-final in St. Petersburg, taking 180 points and passing two rivals to return into the top-20, passing Grigor Dimitrov and Cristian Garin. Borna Coric gained three positions on the list following the second straight St.

Peterburg final, standing as the biggest mover in the top-50 with Reilly Opelka and Alexander Bublik. Sardinia finalists Laslo Djere and Marco Cecchinato both earned more than 20 places, using the last clay-court event of the season to gain valuable points.