Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2023 Australian Open, Melbourne
Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2023 Australian Open, Melbourne | (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Tennis | Rankings Report | Novak Djokovic reduces world number one deficit as Muchova makes top ten debut

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Novak Djokovic has reduced the deficit at the top of the ATP rankings after winning the Cincinnati title.
  • Karolina Muchova is into the top ten for the first time in her career after reaching the final in Cincinnati.
  • Ryan Peniston rises up the rankings by 52 places after winning his maiden Challenger title in Winnipeg.
CINCINNATI, USA – Novak Djokovic has reduced the deficit in his bid to become world number one after winning the Cincinnati title while Karolina Muchova is into the world’s top ten for the first time in her career.


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ATP Rankings and Brits Top 10

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Momentum is with Novak Djokovic heading into the US Open as he closed the deficit on Carlos Alcaraz at the top of the ATP rankings by winning the title in Cincinnati. After four impressive victories, Djokovic battled the Spaniard in three hours and 50 minutes in brutal conditions which saw Djokovic win from a set and a break down. As a result Djokovic is now only 20 points behind Alcaraz in the ATP rankings heading into the final Grand Slam of the season which starts next week.

In this week’s noticeable ranking rises, Holger Rune and Casper Ruud are into the world’s top five with Stefanos Tsitsipas suffering another early exit in Cincinnati. Rune will be a top four seed at the US Open despite his injury issues while Ruud climbed up two places to five in the world. A run to the semi-finals in Cincinnati means Alexander Zverev climbed up five places to 12 in the world while Hubert Hurkacz climbed up three places to 17 in the world after reaching the final four in Ohio. Other ranking rises include Alexei Popyrin’s 18 place rise to 40 in the world while Max Purcell climbed up 23 places to 47 in the world.

As for ranking falls, Tsitsipas’ early exit in Cincinnati means he falls down three places to seven in the world as he continues to struggle with his form. Defending Cincinnati champion Borna Coric failed to win back-to-back matches at this year’s event and consequently fell down the rankings by 13 places to 29 in the world. The other biggest faller this week was Pedro Cachin who fell down the rankings 17 places to 66 in the world.

Finally in Brits news, Cameron Norrie is out of the world’s top 15 after a first round exit to Gael Monfils in Cincinnati as his poor form continues. There was also a slight drop down the rankings for Andy Murray, who fell down one place to 37 in the world. However there was better news for Ryan Peniston who claimed his first Challenger title in Winnipeg with his reward being a 52 place up the rankings to 208 in the world as he now looks to continue the momentum throughout the second half of the season.



  1. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) – 9,815
  2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) – 9,795
  3. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) – 6,260
  4. Holger Rune (DEN) – 4,790
  5. Casper Ruud (NOR) – 4,715
  6. Jannik Sinner (ITA) – 4,645
  7. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) – 4,580
  8. Andrey Rublev (RUS) – 4,515
  9. Taylor Fritz (USA) – 3,605
  10. Frances Tiafoe (USA) – 3,050


ATP Brits

  1. Cameron Norrie (16 in the world) – 2,075 points
  2. Dan Evans (28) – 1,381
  3. Andy Murray (37) – 1,120
  4. Liam Broady (108) – 557
  5. Jack Draper (118) – 526
  6. Jan Choinski (126) – 481
  7. Ryan Peniston (208) – 307
  8. Billy Harris (308) – 175
  9. George Loffhagen (337) – 156
  10. Charles Broom (362) – 138



WTA Rankings and Brits Top 10

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On the women’s side, Karolina Muchova is into the world’s top ten for the first time in her career after reaching the final in Cincinnati. The Czech Republican scored victories over Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka before losing to Coco Gauff in the final. However Muchova now enters the US Open as a top ten seed as she will look to cause more trouble in New York. As for Gauff, the American won her first WTA 1000 title which included a landmark victory over Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals. This means Gauff has jumped up one place to world number six as she looks to finally win a Grand Slam at the US Open next week.

Other big ranking risers included Cincinnati quarter-finalist Jasmine Paolini, who climbed up eight places to 35 in the world while Linda Noskova also climbed up the rankings by eight places to 42 in the world. There were also big ranking climbs for Martina Trevisan and Cristina Bucsa with Trevisan climbing up ten places to 53 in the world while Bucsa improved her ranking by 14 places to 70 in the world.

Meanwhile the biggest ranking drop came from Shuai Zhang who dropped 21 places to 69 in the world as her tough season continues. There was also a two place ranking drop for Petra Kvitova who dropped out of the world’s top ten and finds herself at 11 in the world while there were also minor drops down the rankings for Barbora Krejcikova, Liudmila Samsonova, Belinda Bencic and Madison Keys.

As for the Brits, there was a five place rise up the rankings for Jodie Burrage who is at 96 in the world. While Emma Raducanu continued to drop down the rankings as she continues her recovery from multiple injuries as she suffered a 34 place drop to 186 in the world.



  1. Iga Swiatek (POL) – 9,955 points
  2. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) – 8,746
  3. Jessica Pegula (USA) – 5,945
  4. Elena Rybakina (KAZ) – 5,670
  5. Ons Jabeur (TUN) – 4,831
  6. Coco Gauff (USA) – 4,595
  7. Caroline Garcia (FRA) – 3,820
  8. Maria Sakkari (GRE) – 3,585
  9. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) – 3,400
  10. Karolina Muchova (CZE) – 2,995


WTA Brits

  1. Katie Boulter (60 in the world) – 947
  2. Jodie Burrage (96) – 726
  3. Heather Watson (138) – 531
  4. Harriet Dart (140) – 524
  5. Katie Swan (174) – 419
  6. Emma Raducanu (186) – 382
  7. Yuriko Miyazaki (199) – 357
  8. Sonay Kartal (259) – 270
  9. Naiktha Bains (292) – 221
  10. Francesca Jones (306) – 204


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