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Sports - Tennis - Gossips Updated: May 20, 2024

Djokovic retains world number 1 place in latest ATP ranking

By Izuchukwu Okosi
May 20, 2024
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 Italian Open winner Zverev climbs to number 4

World number 1, Novak Djokovic on Monday retained his top ATP ranking position despite an early exit at the just concluded Italian Open Championship in Rome.

The competition was characterised by pullouts of big guns due to injuries and was won by Alexander Zverev after winning his sixth ATP Masters title. 

Djokovic has surpassed another tennis record once held by Roger Federer in 2018 becoming the oldest man to be ranked No. 1 in the ATP Tours. Federer held the record in June 2018.

The 24-time Grand Slam champion, who will play in Geneva this week, garnered 9,860 points as he starts his 426th week as the world No. 1.

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The Serbian has a 1,090-point lead over second-ranked Jannik Sinner, who himself pulled out of the Italian Open in Rome due to a hip injury which has also put a question mark over his participation at Roland-Garros.

Should Sinner overcome his setback and strut his talents on the red sands of Roland Garros, he stands a chance to supplant the Serb as the world No. 1 at the end of the French Open. 

Djokovic is defending 2,000 points in Paris for winning last year while Sinner, who lost in the second round in Paris 12 months ago, defending only 45 points. Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz retains his world number 3 position. 

Meanwhile, Zverev, was down to No. 27 in the world this time last year and this is his highest ranking since August 2022. Zverev’s rise sees Russia’s Daniil Medvedev drop one spot to No. 5.

Russia’s Andrey Rublev and Norway’s Casper Ruud both occupy the numbers 6 and No 7 respectively while Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz climbs one spot to No 8, equalling his career-high ranking.

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Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas drops one spot to No 9 and Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov holds on to the No 10 position to round out the top 10.

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