In the last few weeks he had repeatedly expressed his disagreement with the ranking and although sometimes indirectly he had hinted that staying behind Roger Federer in the standings was not to his liking. Now, however, it can be announced, Alexander Zverev has officially surpassed the twenty-time Grand Slam title winner Roger Federer in the ATP ranking: the German did not score any points given the early elimination in the Miami Open against Emil Ruusuvuori, but at the same time he took advantage of the 500 points lost by Roger Federer; the Swiss had won the Miami Open in the last edition two years ago, he did not participate this year but loses only 500 of the 1000 points won thanks to the partial freezing of the ranking (only half of the points won previously are lost and it will be worth up to until next August).
Federer still has enough points ahead of Roberto Bautista Agut, number 11 and still almost 3000 points away, consequently at least for the moment the stay in the Top 10 is not at risk but given that the Swiss champion plans to compete less and less tournaments, in the coming months it could officially come out of the world Top Ten.
Roger Federer has had multiple fierce rivalries over his illustrious career. Starting from the 2001 season onwards, Federer had an intense rivalry with Andy Roddick, and the duo constantly competed against each other at the latter stages of the tournament.
Roddick reveals being jealous of Roger Federer
“I was always jittery before matches. One of my many sources of jealousy with Roger Federer was how relaxed he was able to be just through kind of his operation, whether it was practice before matches.
I was not that way. I was and am pretty high-strung when I care about something,” said Andy Roddick. Until his retirement in 2012, Roddick had some epic battles with Federer. Their most famous match was the 2009 Wimbledon final which the Swiss maestro won 16-14 in the fifth set.
After the conclusion of the Miami Open 2021, the ATP rankings have seen some changes. The top 10 hasn’t changed much, but one player is slowly slipping down the rankings. Roger Federer continued his slide downwards in the rankings as Alexander Zverev got past him.
Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev were ranked 6th and 7th respectively before the start of the Miami Open 2021. But with the new directive from ATP enabling players to lose their 2019 points, Federer was set to lose 500 points from his Miami Open 2019 triumph.