ATP rankings in full: Djokovic and Kyrgios harshest hit, Alcaraz No 1

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Carlos Alcaraz has risen to the very top of the ATP rankings after winning the US Open with victory over Casper Ruud in Sunday’s all-important final. The young Spaniard made the most of Novak Djokovic’s absence at Flushing Meadows to clinch his maiden Grand Slam title at the expense of Ruud, who battled back to win the second set but was unable to prevent Alcaraz from turning on the style towards the end of the match.

Alcaraz has since been rewarded for his US Open triumph by climbing to the summit of the ATP rankings to become the youngest world No 1 in the history of the organisation. Ruud, meanwhile, has also risen to No 2 for the very first time after reaching his second Grand Slam final since the beginning of the year.

The Norwegian hopeful now finds himself just ahead of third-placed Rafael Nadal, who was knocked out of the US Open by home favourite Frances Tiafoe at the quarter-final stage. Further down the order, Djokovic has slipped to seventh place after missing out on the tournament altogether as a result of his vaccination status, while Nick Kyrgios has only made up five positions to move into 20th after his defeat at the hands of Karen Khachanov in the last eight.

Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas now sit fourth, fifth and sixth respectively ahead of Djokovic and Cameron Norrie, who has managed to earn a career-high placing of eighth to cap off a hugely productive year. Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz round off the world’s top 10, while Nadal’s conqueror Tiafoe has risen to 19th after winning the hearts of many with his remarkable run to the US Open semi-finals.

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The ATP rankings would look very different if points were awarded at Wimbledon, though, as the likes of Djokovic and Kyrgios would be much higher than they currently are. No ranking points were given based on performances at the All England Club as a result of the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing at the most prestigious Grand Slam of the year.

Alcaraz would still be at No 1 if Wimbledon had counted towards the rankings, but Nadal would find himself at No 2 ahead of third-placed Ruud and Djokovic in fourth. Kyrgios, meanwhile, would be as high as 13th after reaching the final at Wimbledon, while Jannik Sinner and Taylor Fritz would be sitting pretty in the world’s top 10.

It remains to be seen how long Alcaraz will be able to hold on to his newly-found status as the highest-ranked player in the world after his first career Grand Slam victory at the US Open. He has long been considered as one of the finest young stars on the tour and already looks to be delivering on his sky-high potential, but whether or not he can keep up the good work over the next 12 months is another question.

Meanwhile, Djokovic will be desperate to climb back up the rankings after dropping to seventh place despite winning Wimbledon at the start of the summer. The Serb began the year as the world No 1 but will now have plenty of work to do to regain top spot by adding to his tally of Grand Slam titles when the action resumes in 2023.

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