(Paris) Carlos Alcaraz, winner of his first grass tournament on Sunday at Queen’s, took the opportunity to take over the world number one spot from Serbian legend Novak Djokovic, in the ATP rankings published on Monday, less than a week from Wimbledon.
The crossover continues on the throne between the two cadors of world tennis: Alcaraz, who started the year with the crown on his head, recovers it for the 3rd time since January, reaping the benefits of his title at the ATP tournament 500 from Queen’s.
Dislodged at the beginning of the month by “Nole”, winner of his 23rd Grand Slam at Roland-Garros, the Murcian, who became the youngest world number one in history last year at 19, now has 80 points ahead of its rival.
And by winning a first title on grass on Sunday – for his third tournament only on this surface – Carlos Alcaraz was full of confidence before launching an assault on Wimbledon (July 3-16), where the defending champion is called… Djokovic.
The other tenors on the circuit are struggling to keep up: Russian Daniil Medvedev remains comfortably in 3rd place, ahead of Norwegian Casper Ruud and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, but more than 1,500 points behind the leading duo.
Forced to retire in the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 tournament in Halle (Germany), the Italian Jannik Sinner still won a place, moving up to 8th ahead of the American Taylor Fritz (9th).
In the top 20, the main beneficiary is the Australian Alex de Minaur, who is coming off a good week at Queen’s, where he was only beaten in the final by Alcaraz.
With the second title of his career on the main circuit in Halle (Germany), the Kazakh Alexander Bublik, 26, obtains his best ranking (26th, 22).