Spain reign as Nadal second to Alcaraz in ATP rankings

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Spain reigns at the top of men’s tennis with Carlos Alcaraz holding the first place in the world in the ATP ranking published on Monday with his compatriot Rafael Nadal go up in seconds.

Nadal, 36, took advantage of Casper Ruud’s quarter-final exit in Seoul where he was seeded number one, to edge out the Norwegian.

Novak Djokovic, winner of his third tournament this season in Tel Aviv, remains seventh but scores 250 precious points in the race for the ATP Finals in Turin, his end-of-season goal.

The Serb was competing in his first singles tournament in Israel since winning a seventh Wimbledon crown in July, and can still earn points this week in the Astana ATP tournament.

Croatian Marin Cilic moved up two places from 16th to 14th, thanks to his arrival in the final in Tel Aviv.

ATP Rankings:

1. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 6740 points

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 5810 (+1)

3. Casper Ruud (NOR) 5645 (-1)

4. Daniel Medvedev 5065

5. Alexander Zverev (GER) 5040

6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 4810

7. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3820

8. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 3445

9. Andrei Rublev 3345

10. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3175 (+1)

11. Taylor Fritz (USA) 3055 (+1)

12. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 3040 (-2)

13. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 2950

14. Marin Cilic (CRO) 2495 (+2)

15. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 2360 (-1)

16. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2360 (-1)

17. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2110

18. Karen Khachanov 1990

19. Frances Tiafoe (USA) 1940

20. Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 1780

Swiatek maintains a solid lead atop the WTA rankings

Poland’s Iga Swiatek retained her comfortable edge as world number one as Anett Kontaveit moved up to third thanks to a second-place finish last weekend, the WTA announced on Monday.

US Open champion Swiatek, 21, will play for the first time since this month’s Grand Slam victory at Flushing Meadows playing in Ostrava this week.

Swiatek also won Roland-Garros this year and still has almost double the points of Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, whom she beat in the final in New York, in second place.

Estonian Kontaveit swaps positions with Spain’s Paula Badosa despite losing in the Tallinn Open final on Sunday.

Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova, banned from competing under her country’s name and flag after the Kremlin invaded Ukraine, climbs to career-best 12th, despite not having played since September 24.

Mayar Sherif moves from 74th to 49th after becoming the first Egyptian woman to win a WTA Tour title with victory in Parma on Saturday.

Sherif took over the Greek Maria Sakkari, who retains her sixth place.

The season-ending WTA Finals will take place from October 31 to November 7 in Texas with the top eight players qualifying.

In addition to the tournament in the Czech Republic, there is an event in Monastir, Tunisia this week.

WTA ranking:

1. Iga Swiatek (POL) 10,180 pts

2. Ons Jabeur (TUN) 4,885

3. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 4,010

4. Paula Badosa (ESP) 3,934

5. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3,470

6. Jessica Pegula (USA) 3,447

7. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 3,355

8. Cori Gauff (USA) 3,047

9. Simona Halep (ROM) 3,025

10. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 2,930

11. Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 2,895

12. Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 2,561

13. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 2,406

14. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2,305

15. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 2,295

16. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 2,271

17. Madison Keys (USA) 2,248

18. Danielle Collins (USA) 2,177

19. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 2,061

20. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 2003

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