Shock Rafael Nadal loss opens door for Stefanos Tsitsipas
An early exit in Washington for Rafael Nadal sees cascading consequences with Stefanos Tsitsipas set to benefit first from it.
Nadal fell to South African Lloyd Harris to bring an abrupt end to his Washington debut and stifle his return to the US hard courts.
But the bad news for the Spaniard does not end there, as his exit has repercussions for the ATP rankings.
Nadal is set to lose 455 ranking points to drop down from 8270 to 7815 points. Meanwhile, Tsitsipas will gain 115 points from 8000 to sit on 8115. As such, Nadal will slip to world number four while Tsitsipas will achieve a new career-high ranking of world number three.
The change will mark the first time since May 2017 that Nadal will be out of the top three in the rankings, with his semi-final exit at Roland Garros and absence from Wimbledon both contributing to the fall.
For Tsitsipas, the Greek has now sat within the top-10 since March 2019, with the French Open finalist keenly focused on aiming as high as he can on the road to the ATP Finals in Turin.
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