Novak Djokovic enjoys week 373 at number one, but 374 will have to wait
Novak Djokovic will drop from his position as world number one due to his Roland Garros quarter-final exit, though there will be a week’s delay before that occurs.
By reaching the last eight in Paris, the 20-time Major champion secured himself 360 ranking points to add to his 2000 from winning the Slam last year.
Those 2000 points do not drop until next week on Monday 13th June.
When that does happen, and with the 35-year-old opting not to play ‘s-Hertogenbosch or Stuttgart this week, he will sit behind French Open semi-finalist Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev in the rankings.
The Russian will reclaim world number one for a fourth week overall with at least 7800 ranking points, while Zverev will boast 7075 and Djokovic 6770.
At present, after claiming a record-extending 14th Roland Garros title and 22nd Major singles trophy, Rafael Nadal is back up to fourth in the rankings.
Stefanos Tsitsipas falls back to fifth, while Paris finalist Casper Ruud climbs to a new career-high of sixth.
He displaces Carlos Alcaraz, who is now seventh.
Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Matteo Berrettini complete the top 10.
Back on Djokovic, the Serb will almost certainly return to the head of the ATP ladder at some point in the near future.
However, it will likely be a number of months at least before that is the case.
That is because Djokovic will suffer further misfortune after Wimbledon as his 2000 points from winning last year’s title will drop.
Meanwhile, after the ATP, WTA and ITF stripped ranking points from the grass Slam in response to their ban of Russian and Belarusian players, there will be no opportunity to recoup those 2000 points.
Nevertheless, Djokovic will be favourite at Wimbledon as he looks to successfully defend his title and claim a seventh singles crown at the All England Club.
That would close the Slam race gap between himself and Nadal to just one, taking him one ahead of another rival in Roger Federer.
Finally, Djokovic is already the man with the most weeks overall at number one by more than a year, leading Federer in second.
He is just four weeks short of Steffi Graf’s WTA record of 377 weeks at number one.
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