Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest ATP no. 1 ever: How do the ATP rankings stand after his victory?
Carlos Alcaraz is youngest world number one in ATP history after winning the first Grand Slam of his career. Casper Ruud moves to second with Nadal third.
The ATP ranking has a new king. Carlos Alcaraz, after beating Casper Ruud in the US Open final, sits on the throne for the first time. And in doing so he becomes youngest player in history to become world number one. The final Grand Slam of the season started with five candidates to leave New York top of the ATP ranking. Stefanos Tsitsipas surprisingly lost in the first round to Colombian Daniel Elahi Galán (who moved from 94th to 76th) and defending champion Daniil Medvedev, who was defending 2,000 points, was beaten by Nick Kyrgios, losing the number one ranking that had been in his possession for eleven weeks. Also in the fourth round Nadal, who had won the Australian and French Opens this year and who depended only on his own results to reach the top for the for the first time since January 2020, was beaten in four by an inspired Frances Tiafoe.
Both the El Palmar prodigy and the Norwegian needed a sequence of events to happen to climb to the top of the ranking. Firstly, they required Nadal to be eliminated before the quarterfinals; then they had to reach the final. from there, the calculations became simpler: the winner would claim two prizes. Nadal is the only one of the fallen contenders not to drop in the ranking after the US Open. Medvedev slips to fourth ahead of Alexander Zverev, who was absent as he recovers from an ankle injury (he is due to return this week in the Davis Cup). Tsitsipas drops from fifth to sixth with Djokovic, unable to compete due to his vaccination status, seventh, the Serb also dropping place. Cameron Norrie (8), his highest career ranking, Andrey Rublev (9) and Hubert Hurkacz (10) complete the top 10.
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Beyond the top 10 are Jannik Sinner (11), Taylor Fritz (12), Félix Auger-Aliassime (13), who drops from 8th place, and Pablo Carreño, who returns to 14 again after his victory in Montreal. Karen Khachanov (18) and Tiafoe (19), move up 13 and 7 places respectively, while Kyrgios (20) is closing in on his career-high ranking of 13 despite starting the year as the world number 93. Spain has ten players among the top 100 in the world, with Alejandro Davidovich rising eleven places, to 28, behind Roberto Bautista (21) and ahead of Albert Ramos (40), Jaume Munar (57) , Pedro Martínez (67), Roberto Carballés (73) and Bernabé Zapata (80).
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