Australian Open win puts Djokovic back on top of ATP charts
MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic's latest Australian Open heroics lifted him past Rafael Nadal to the world No. 1 spot in the latest ATP rankings published on Monday.
The Serb landed his eighth Australian Open title on Sunday with a rollercoaster 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Dominic Thiem in a near four-hour marathon in Melbourne.
His 17th Grand Slam title moved him within 2 of Nadal and 3 of Roger Federer in the all-time list.
And Djokovic now tops the rankings on 9,720 points, with Nadal demoted to No. 3 on 9395 and Federer remaining at No. 3 on 7,130.
Nadal was beaten by Thiem, who moves up a place to 4th, in the quarterfinals with Djokovic sweeping past Federer in the semifinals.
The biggest mover after the first Grand Slam of the season was Nick Kyrgios, the Australian who jumped 6 places into 20th on the strength of his run into the fourth round.
Djokovic last occupied the rankings summit at the end of October.
ATP rankings on Monday
- Novak Djokovic (SRB) 9720 pts (+1)
- Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9395 (-1)
- Roger Federer (SUI) 7130
- Dominic Thiem (AUT) 7045 (+1)
- Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5960 (-1)
- Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 4745
- Alexander Zverev (GER) 3885
- Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2905
- Gael Monfils (FRA) 2700 (+1)
- David Goffin (BEL) 2555 (+1)
- Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2400 (+1)
- Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2360 (-3)
- Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 2360 (+2)
- Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2220
- Andrey Rublev (RUS) 2174 (+1)
- Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2120 (-3)
- Karen Khachanov (RUS) 1995
- John Isner (USA) 1940 (+1)
- Benoit Paire (FRA) 1738 (+2)
- Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 1690 (+6). - AFP