The men’s tennis triumvirate ousted from the top of the rankings

None of the men’s tennis triumvirate — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — held the top two spots in the ATP rankings on Monday, a first in nearly 20 years.

Daniil Medvedev moved up a spot at the top he briefly held earlier this season, and Alexander Zverev climbed to second, his best ranking of his career.

Djokovic slipped from first to third place as his points for winning the 2021 French Open were wiped from his tally on Monday. The ATP Rankings are based on a player’s best 18 tournament results over the previous 52 weeks (19 if participating in the ATP Finals).

On the Canadian side, Félix Auger-Aliassime, registered for the Halle tournament this week, remains at 9e rank, while his compatriot Denis Shapovalov lost a position, to 15e rank.

The WTA ranking is much more stable, while Poland’s Iga Swiatek remains firmly in the lead. The only change in the women’s top 20 concerns Aryna Sabalenka, who moved up to fifth place ahead of Maria Sakkari.

Quebecer Leylah Annie Fernandez, currently recovering from a stress fracture in her right foot, still occupies 15e position.

Last year’s French Open was postponed a week from its originally scheduled date due to concerns over COVID-19. The points earned last year are only now gone, while the points from this year’s edition of the Paris tournament were added last week, as the final was played on June 5.

At Roland Garros this year, Djokovic’s title-defending run ended in a quarter-final loss to Nadal, who won his 14e title at Roland-Garros — and his 22e career Grand Slam trophy.

Nadal remained in fourth position this week, despite winning the first two major tournaments of the season. He’s missed most of the last half of 2021 and part of this year as well due to injuries, so he’s only played 10 tournaments in the last 52 weeks.

Roland-Garros runner-up Casper Ruud moved up one spot to fifth, a career high for him.

Federer has undergone a series of knee operations and has not played competitively since Wimbledon last July. He only has points left from four tournaments under his belt, and he is ranked 68e this week.

Federer was number 3, behind Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero, the week of November 10, 2003, with Nadal outside the top 40 and Djokovic — who only made his Grand Slam debut in 2005 — outside the top. 500. A week later, Federer moved up to second in the ATP rankings.

Medvedev first settled at the top in February, replacing Djokovic there for three weeks, and is now returning after his lost final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, on Sunday.

Neither he nor Zverev will be at Wimbledon, however. Medvedev is Russian, and the All England Club banned all players from that country and Belarus from the tournament because of the invasion of Ukraine. Zverev will miss the grass-court tournament after undergoing surgery for torn ligaments in his right ankle; he was injured in his semi-final against Nadal at Roland-Garros.

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