Supreme Spaniards Nadal and Alcaraz lead race to ATP Finals
Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev make up the top three in the race to the ATP Finals a little over a quarter of the way through the 2022 season.
Incredibly, Alcaraz is second just months after winning last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals, an exhibition tournament held in Milan that runs as equivalent to the Finals but for the top players 21 and under.
Nadal is first with his Australian Open triumph making up the bulk of his 3,350 points so far this year.
Meanwhile Alcaraz has 1,950 points, 1,000 of which came from his Miami Open title run, with Australian Open finalist Daniil Medvedev just third with 1,900 points, 1,200 of which came from reaching the final in Melbourne.
Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz is fourth with 1,520 while Stefanos Tsitsipas completes the top five with 1,440 points.
Another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, sits 10th with 935 points, behind Felix Auger-Aliassime, Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud and Matteo Berrettini.
Thanks to having played just three matches so far in 2022, world number one Novak Djokovic is actually 157th in the race as things stand.
However, the upcoming European clay season will almost certainly change that within a matter of weeks, and the Serb is mathematically guaranteed to stay world number one until at least the end of April.
While Nadal and Medvedev are sidelined with their respective injuries, the likes of Alcaraz and Djokovic have the opportunity to take full advantage of their absences.
Alcaraz did not play Monte Carlo last year, so has no points to defend at the first Masters 1000 event of the season come 10th April.
Therefore, he has nothing to lose in Monaco and can only build on his rankings tally of 3,411 points.
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