Despite the absence of Alcaraz in Melbourne, Nadal, winner in Australia last year, will not be able to recover the first place in the world rankingsince the young man from Murcia had few points to defend, being eliminated in the third round last year in the first ‘big’ of the year.
If other tennis players could leave Melbourne as number one in the ranking: the Norwegian Casper Ruud (N.3) would occupy the throne if they reach the final and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Serbian Novak Djokovic will be if they win the first Grand Slam.
Winner on Sunday of the Adelaide tournament, Djokovic, great favorite for the title in Melbourne, remains in fifth placealthough presumably he will be promoted in the coming weeks by not having to defend points after a year ago he was unable to participate in the Australian tour due to his refusal to be vaccinated against covid-19.
The greatest progression of the week in the Top 100 is carried out by the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, who gains 34 places in the ranking (N.61) after winning the tournament in Pune (India) on Sunday.
Top 10 of the ATP ranking Posted on Monday, January 9:
1. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 6,820 points
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 5,770
3. Casper Ruud (NOR) 5,720
4. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 5,715
5. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 5,070
6. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 3,930 (+2)
7. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 3,895 (-1)
8. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 3,860 (-1)
9. Taylor Fritz (USA) 3,585
10. Holger Rune (DEN) 2,876 (+1)