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ATP Rankings: Alcaraz at the top; Auger-Aliassime climbs to No 9 as Race to Turin heats up
Medvedev, Rublev and Auger-Aliassime are currently the leading players for the final three spots in Turin, with two big weeks yet to go
US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz continues to lead the latest ATP rankings released on Monday, with no changes taking place in this week’s top 8.
Alcaraz, who is playing in Basel this week, has a 920-point lead over second-ranked and fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal, followed by Norway’s Casper Ruud at No 3 and Russia’s Daniil Medvedev at No 4.
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, a finalist in Stockholm, adds 105 points to his tally but remains at No 5, followed by the injured Alexander Zverev at No 6, Novak Djokovic at No 7, and Andrey Rublev at No. 8.
Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime climbs one spot to No 9 after winning in Antwerp for his second consecutive title after winning in Florence last weekend while American Taylor Fritz drops one spot to No 10.
Outside the top 10, Naples runner-up Matteo Berrettini moves up two spots to No 14, Naples champion Lorenzo Musetti is up one spot to No 23, a new career-high for the 20-year-old Italian, and 19-year-old Dane Holger Rune also achieves a new peak of No 25 after winning his second title of the year at the Stockholm Open.
Also, American Sebastian Korda climbs three spots to No 33 after reaching the Antwerp final – he is now three spots below his career-best; and Finn Emil Ruusuvuori moves up nine spots to No 43 after his semi-final finish in Stockholm to take him within one spot of his peak ranking.
China’s Zhizhen Zhang climbs 12 spots to No 97 to become the first Chinese man to reach the ATP top 100.
16 of the top 20 players chase ATP rankings points this week as Race to Turin heats up
With two weeks to go, the race for the final three spots in Turin continues to heat up with plenty to play for at this week’s two ATP 500 events in Basel and Vienna.
Daniil Medvedev, who is the top seed in Vienna this week, is leading the race among those who have yet to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals with 3,555 points. followed by Rublev, who also plays in Vienna, with 3,440 points.
With his back-to-back titles, Auger-Aliassime is now in seventh position in the race with 3,225 points as heads to Basel, followed by Fritz (plays Vienna this week) with 2,885 points and Hubert Hurkacz (also in Vienna) with 2,770 points.
With 1,000 ranking points up for grabs at the Paris Masters next week, there still could be some surprises as to who joins Alcaraz, Nadal, Tsitsipas, Ruud and Djokovic (qualified as 2022 Grand Slam champion) in the final eight in Turin.