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ATP Rankings: Djokovic remains No 1; Fritz up to new high; Wu creates history for China

The Serb is now one week away from tying the all-time tennis record of 377 weeks, currently held by Steffi Graf

Novak Djokovic at the 2023 Australian Open Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2023 Australian Open Image Credit: AI/Reuters/Panoramic

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic remained at No 1 in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday. The 22-time Grand Slam champion begins his 376th week at No 1 and will tie the all-time record (across men’s and women’s tennis) held by Germany’s Steffi Graf next week.

The Serb will play in Dubai later this month and has applied for special permission to play the Sunshine Double (Indian Wells and Miami) in the United States next month. Djokovic is currently not permitted to enter the United States as he remains unvaccinated, but those restrictions will lift in May which would enable the Serb to play in the US Open later this year and all the tournaments leading up to that.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz remains at No 2 as he returns to competition this week in Buenos Aires. The Spaniard is defending 500 points this week as he won the Rio de Janeiro tournament last year during this week. Alcaraz is followed by Casper Ruud at No 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas at No 4, Andrey Rublev at No 5 and Rafael Nadal at No 6.

The only change in this week’s top 10 sees Taylor Fritz climb one spot to No 7, a new career-high for the 25-year-old American.

The top 10 is rounded off by Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, who drops one spot to No 8, Denmark’s Holger Rune and Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz at No 10.

Historic gains for Yibing Wu; big moves for weekend winners Sinner and Baez

Outside the top 10, Italy’s Jannik Sinner climbs three spots to No 14 after winning his seventh career singles title at Montpllier on Sunday.

This week also sees a historic milestone for China as Yibing Wu jumps 39 spots to No 58 after winning the Dallas Open. This was the first singles title won by a Chinese male player in the Open Era and Wu is now the highest ranked Chinese player in the history of the ATP rankings.

Cordoba champion Sebastian Baez is another big mover – climbing 11 spots to No 36, just five spots below his all-time high ranking of No 31.

Dallas runner-up Maxime Cressy climbs 11 spots to No 40 and Cordoba runner-up Federico Coria jumps 18 spots to No 49 – a new career-high for the Argentine.

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