Roger Federer took back the No. 1 spot in the men’s rankings released on Monday after being second to Rafael Nadal for six weeks.
Our champ drops down the rankings because he was defending a huge number of points won last year when he claimed titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and the French Open meaning he had to emulate last season’s success to defend his position.
Rafa can reclaim top spot before the grass-court season if he wins the Rome Masters this week and an 11th French Open, which begins on May 27 in Paris.
You cannot be No. 1 five months without competing.
I think from Shanghai till Monte-Carlo, I hadn’t finished a single tournament. We’re talking about a lot of months that I gave up.
If we were talking about the ranking of one year, if I played really good in one period of the year, which I’ve done, let’s be clear, I have been playing really good recently. Last year I made it to the finals in every single tournament. This year till now I had only one or two tournaments that I had played. This is the reality of this year.
Five months without playing in a tournament means that I cannot be No. 1. I’m not even thinking about that. I’m not going to keep the No. 1 today. At the end of the year we will see what happens.
1. Roger Federer (SUI) 8,670 pts (+1) 2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7,950 (-1) 3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 6,015 4. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4,870 5. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4,770 6. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4,540 7. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 3,660 (+1) 8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3,545 (-1) 9. John Isner (USA) 3,305 10. David Goffin (BEL) 2,930
Race to London: In the 52 week rankings, the year to date rankings, Rafa has dropped one place to 4th spot.
Sources: Eurosport, ATP World Tour