Nadal drops out of top five as Spanish teenager Alcaraz soars in rankings
Paris: Former world number one Rafael Nadal dropped out of the top five in the ATP rankings released Monday while Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz, seen by many to be his compatriot's successor, soared 17 places to 38. Nadal has not played since losing to Novak Djokovic in the French Open semi-finals due to a foot injury and now sits sixth in the rankings. Djokovic comfortably retains the number one spot despite his defeat to second-ranked Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's US Open final. Medvedev's predecessor as US Open champion, Dominic Thiem, is another to slide down the rankings, from six to eight, as a wrist injury prevented him defending his title in New York. Alcaraz shone at the US Open where he showed he is likely to be a force to be reckoned with, becoming the youngest US Open men's quarter-finalist in 58 years but a thigh injury brought his run to an end and he retired from the last-eight clash with Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime. - AFP