Rafael Nadal slips one spot in ATP rankings

German tennis player Alexander Zverev has surpassed Rafael Nadal in the latest ATP Rankings, so he is now ranked third in the world, and Rafa has dropped to position No. 4.

Novak Djokovic remained at No. 1 despite not having played at Indian Wells or Miami because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and couldn’t travel to the United States.

Daniil Medvedev briefly held the top spot this year and could have returned there depending on his performance in Miami, but his quarterfinal loss meant he stayed at No. 2. He announced Saturday he would be sidelined for a month or two after having hernia surgery.

Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest winner of the Miami Open after beating Ruud in straight sets in the final on Sunday. The 18-year-old Spaniard has moved up five places into 11th.

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The top 10 for the week of April 4, 2022 are as follows:

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 8,420

2. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 8,410

3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 7,195 (+1)

4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7,115 (-1)

5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 5,980

6. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 4,945

7. Casper Ruud (NOR) 4,380 (+1)

8. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 4,375 (-1)

9. Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 3,625 (+2)

10. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 3,440

Race to London: In the 52 week rankings, the year to date rankings, Rafa is No. 1. Our champ owns a 1,400-point lead over Carlos Alcaraz leading into the clay-court season.

Sources: ATP Tour, AP


  1. According to the Express Rafa’s PR has given conflicting reports about Barcelona. One report is that he will miss Barcelona and come back for Madrid. The other report is that Rafa and his team have not yet made a decision about Barcelona.

    • @David Holtzman – Nadal has decided to pull out from Barcelona. This could be a blessing in disguise for him considering the bigger picture of RG2022. On a different note, Djokovic lost in his opening match against Davidovich Fokina at Monte Carlo. The year 2022 appears to be a deja vu of 2017 for Djokovic so far after an exceptional last year.

      • Najam thanks for bringing me up to date. So Djokovic has only one more match on clay than Rafa!

        Get well Rafa!

      • A wise decision.No one knows his body better than Rafa and his team.RG 2022 is the target.

      • Najam, I agree. Missing Barcelona won’t affect Rafa’s ranking. It’ll give his body a bit more time to fully heal and reduce the chance of him getting exhausted before RG.

        Well done Davidovich Fokina for putting up a great fight to beat Djokovic, who said he’d run out of gas in the third. Even so, Djokovic never really looked comfortable throughout the whole match.

    • So sad that Rafa is missing the clay court season. There’s nothing like watching him blasting through his opponents on clay. Like Johnny Mac said…Rafa on clay is like a thoroughbred at the Kentucky Derby! Maybe he’ll play Madrid and Rome?

  2. Chris Evert says that she believes Rafa’s injury time off will be a positive for him in preparing for the French Open. Let’s go with that! Come back strong Rafa!

    • Rafa has overcome physical setbacks before in his long career.I believe Rafa will secure more championships Vamos Rafa.

  3. Points gained by Rafa in the 2021 clay swing

    Monte Carlo 180 QF
    Barcelona 500 W
    Madrid 180 QF
    Rome 1000 W
    RG 720 SF

    • Lorna, I don’t understand… are these points Rafa will gain even though he’s not playing some of them?

      • Hi Ziggy. No, I wanted to give an overview of what points are at stake from last year. It just shows the points awarded to Rafa for the tournaments he played during last year’s clay season. So, he doesn’t lose much by not competing at Monte Carlo and if he doesn’t play in Madrid this year.

  4. Vamos Rafa! ✌
    Just take a break and resume to achieve new records in May! ✌

  5. First priority is to get healthy. It is essential to feel confident in body and spirit. The rest will follow.
    All positive vibes for a smooth recovery, Rafa👏👍💪🤛🍀🎾❤️

  6. Don’t worry. Minor setback for Nadal. He’ll be back in the top 3 in no time. Just you wait.
    Let’s all wish him a very speedy recovery.
    Tennis is absolutely nothing without our GOAT.
    Looking forward for him moving up the rankings, and for the more important clay season now approaching. I know that he WILL pick up his precious 14th FO title and 22GS/
    VAMOS RAFA No 1 no matter what. We love him.

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