◼️ The Spaniard will defend his title in the French brick dust from May 27
A week before starting the defense of his title at Roland Garros from May 27 to June 10, Rafael Nadal, the champion on Sunday at the 1000 Masters in Rome, returned on Monday to number 1 of the ATP classification, in which Serbian Novak Djokovic continues to fall.
The Spanish star had yielded the first position of the ranking a week ago to the Swiss Roger Federer, who has chosen not to dispute the European season on clay, including Roland Garros.
Djokovic, defeated in the Semi-Finals of Rome by Nadal, loses four positions in the new classification and falls to 22nd place in the world. The Serbian, ex-number 1 world, occupied that position 22 in the week of October 2, 2006, when he was an emerging figure of the professional circuit.
The German Alexander Zverev, champion in Madrid on Sunday 13 and finalist on Sunday 20 in Rome, consolidates his third place in the standings, standing out of the fourth, which now occupies the Croatian Marin Cilic, a semifinalist in the Italian capital.
The Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov goes down from the fourth to the fifth place, exchanging positions with Cilic. The other change in the Top 10 is the rise of Belgian David Goffin to ninth place, leaving tenth American John Isner.
1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 8,770 pts (+1)
2. Roger Federer (SUI) 8,670 pts (-1)
3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 5.615
4. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4.950 (+1)
5. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4.870 (-1)
6. Juan Martín Del Potro (ARG) 4,450
7. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 3.635
8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3.195
9. David Goffin (BEL) 3.020 (+1)