Novak Djokovic in the second round of the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open, Spain
Novak Djokovic in the second round of the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open, Spain ¦ (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Tennis | Rankings Report | Djokovic and Swiatek extend lead at the top after victories in Rome

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Djokovic and Swiatek extend lead at the top of rankings after victories in Rome
  • Jabeur and Tsitsipas keep momentum and continue to rise up rankings
  • Nadal and Pliskova are the big ranking losers this week after failing to defend points
ROME, ITALY – Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek have extended their lead at the top of the world rankings after historic victories in Rome this week.

 

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ATP Rankings and Brits Top 10

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Novak Djokovic headlines this week’s rankings update on the men’s side with the Serbian back to his brilliant best. Djokovic produced his best tennis and didn’t drop a set all week as he won his 38th masters 1000 title. As a result Djokovic gained 400 ranking points this week and extended his lead over Daniil Medvedev, who returns in Geneva next week.

In the final Djokovic comfortably defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas but despite the loss in the final the Greek reminded everyone why he is among the favourites to go deep in Paris. Tsitsipas reached his first Rome final and significantly burst into the top four in the world meaning he will not have to play the likes of Djokovic until the semi-finals.

On the contrary this means that Rafael Nadal’s third round exit to Denis Shapovalov means that he could meet Djokovic as early as the quarter-finals after failing to defend his Rome title. The Spaniard’s foot injury is a concern heading into his favourite tournament of his career and will hope that a favourable draw can make his chances of winning a 14th Roland Garros title that much easier.

In other ranking news Reilly Opelka lost 350 points and dropped down one place to 18 in the world while Diego Schwartzman also lost a hefty amount of points as he dropped outside of the world’s top 16. There was also a seven place drop down the rankings for Lorenzo Sonego, who will now be unseeded for Roland Garros while Casper Ruud now enters the top eight with a two place rise up the rankings.

Lastly in Brits news Cameron Norrie stayed in 11th place despite losing 25 ranking points while Dan Evans made a one place gain despite losing in the opening round and will now be seeded for Roland Garros. Andy Murray stays at 69 in the world ahead of the grass court season with the three-time grand slam champion deciding to withdraw from Roland Garros.

ATP

  1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) – 8,660 points
  2. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) – 7,980
  3. Alexander Zverev (GER) – 7,200
  4. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) – 6,170
  5. Rafael Nadal (ESP) – 5,525
  6. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) – 4,770
  7. Andrey Rublev (RUS) – 3,945
  8. Casper Ruud (NOR) – 3,940
  9. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) – 3,850
  10. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) – 3,805

 

ATP Brits

  1. Cameron Norrie (11 in the world) – 3,355 points
  2. Dan Evans (32) – 1,232
  3. Andy Murray (69) – 865
  4. Jack Draper (106) – 589
  5. Liam Broady (142) – 448
  6. Jay Clarke (164) – 360
  7. Ryan Peniston (199) – 291
  8. Paul Jubb (231) – 231
  9. Alastair Gray (297) – 165
  10. Aidan McHugh (316) – 157

 

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WTA Rankings and Brits Top 10

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Another week on the women’s tour, another Iga Swiatek title as she claimed her fifth consecutive WTA title with victory on Rome. Although the Pole didn’t play her best tennis, she eased through the field to claim another title as she has won 42 of her last 43 sets. Heading into Roland Garros as the favourite, Swiatek now has an overwhelming lead at the top of the world rankings.

The player Swiatek beat in the final was Ons Jabeur and she continued her winning form from Madrid into Rome where she has now won 11 of her last 12 matches. The Tunisian’s run to the final saw her climb up a place to a new career high of six in the world as she targets more success in Paris.

In other noticeable ranking changes, Karolina Pliskova failed to defend her final points from last year and went down two places to eight in the world. While Coco Gauff couldn’t match her semi-final performance from last year and dropped three places to 18 in the world.

There were climbs for Daria Kasatkina, Amanda Anisimova and Jil Teichmann after their successful tournaments in Italy. Kasatkina climbed up three places into the top 20 while Anisimova continued her good form and climbed up four places to 28 in the world. However Teichmann made the biggest climb up the rankings out of the three as she climbed up five places to 24 in the world.

Finally in Brits news, Emma Raducanu’s retirement in her opening round in Rome didn’t harm her ranking as she stays at 12 in the world but will be concerned about how she will tackle Roland Garros with her physical problems. While there was a slight rise in the rankings for Heather Watson and Harriet Dart who both climbed up two places.

WTA

  1. Iga Swiatek (POL) – 7,061 points
  2. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) – 4,911
  3. Paula Badosa (ESP) – 4,770
  4. Maria Sakkari (GRE) – 4,726
  5. Anett Kontaveit (EST) – 4,446
  6. Ons Jabeur (TUN) – 4,380
  7. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) – 3,966
  8. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – 3,568
  9. Danielle Collins (USA) – 3,315
  10. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) – 3,031

 

WTA Brits

  1. Emma Raducanu (12 in the world) – 2,910
  2. Heather Watson (105) – 621
  3. Harriet Dart (111) – 594
  4. Katie Boulter (140) – 459
  5. Francesca Jones (180) – 364
  6. Katie Swan (220) – 317
  7. Yuriko Miyazaki (242) – 285
  8. Jodie Burrage (255) – 271
  9. Sarah Beth Grey (309) – 206
  10. Sonay Kartal (316) – 194

 

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