Carlos Alcaraz dethroned Djokovic, snatching ATP’s prime spot and securing the French Open seeding, whereas Medvedev’s triumph on the Italian Open propelled him to No. 2, setting the stage for an exhilarating showdown on the second Grand Slam of the yr.
Djokovic’s loss within the fourth spherical because the defending champion in Rome dropped him to No. 3. Meaning he and Alcaraz might find yourself in the identical half of the Roland Garros bracket and be arrange for a possible semifinal showdown, relying on what occurs in Thursday’s attract Paris.
The French Open, which begins on Sunday, will mark the primary probability to be seeded No. 1 at a serious event for Alcaraz, a Spaniard who turned 20 this month. He’s 30-3 with 4 titles in 2023.
Alcaraz ascended to the ATP’s prime spot for the primary time by profitable the U.S. Open final September and, at 19, grew to become the youngest man to complete a yr there. However a leg damage stored him out of the Australian Open in January, when Djokovic received the title for his twenty second at a Slam occasion, tying Rafael Nadal for the boys’s report.
Djokovic has spent extra weeks at No. 1 than anybody – man or lady – within the historical past of the game’s computerized rankings.
Iga Swiatek, the defending champion in Paris, remained at No. 1 within the WTA rankings, which she has led for greater than a yr, adopted by No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, the Australian Open champion.
Swiatek stopped enjoying within the third set of her quarterfinal in Rome towards reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina due to a damage proper thigh. Swiatek stated afterward the issue “shouldn’t be something critical.”
Rybakina’s trophy on the Italian Open allowed her to leap two locations to a career-best No. 4 on Monday. She is just not larger than that as a result of her title on the All England Membership didn’t include the advantage of any rankings increase after each the WTA and ATP withheld all factors that might have been earned there final yr to protest a ban on Russian and Belarusian gamers over the invasion of Ukraine.
Jessica Pegula remained at No. 3 on Monday, with WTA Finals champion Caroline Garcia at No. 5 and 2022 French Open runner-up Coco Gauff at No. 6.
Casper Ruud, final yr’s runner-up to Rafael Nadal on the French Open and to Alcaraz on the U.S. Open, stayed at No. 4 within the ATP rankings, adopted by Stefanos Tsitsipas at No. 5 and Holger Rune at a career-best No. 6. Rune eradicated Djokovic in Rome earlier than shedding to Medvedev within the closing there on Sunday.
That marked Medvedev’s twentieth profession ATP title – and first on clay courts.
Nadal, who has 14 of his 22 main trophies at Roland Garros, introduced final week he could be sitting out the French Open with a lingering left hip flexor damage. He has by no means missed that event since making his debut there in 2005.