Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz top ATP Race

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Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz top ATP Race

The upcoming weeks bring two Masters 1000 events and the season’s last Major at the US Open. Players will battle for 4000 points, and we should see changes on the ATP Race list in six weeks. As we all know, Wimbledon offered no points this July, and there were no significant changes on the list since the end of Roland Garros.

Nine players have won more than 2000 points since the start of the year, with Novak Djokovic standing behind them after missing 2000 points for a well-earned title at the All England Club. At 36, Rafael Nadal comfortably leads the ATP Race towards Turin.

The Spaniard claimed the season’s first two Major titles, scoring 5620 points and leaving his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz on 4270. Nadal withdrew from Wimbledon before the semi-final due to an abdominal injury. He should compete in Canada next week, seeking his sixth title at this event.

Rafael Nadal is the leader of the ATP Race.

Carlos Alcaraz had a chance to reduce the deficit to Nadal in the previous two weeks, reaching the final in Hamburg and Umag and losing them both. A teenager is 1350 points behind Nadal, and he still has a nice chance to battle for the year-end no.

1 spot by the end of the season. Stefanos Tsitsipas is third, collecting 4010 points in 2022 and hoping for more in Canada next week. Casper Ruud is fourth, standing 615 points in front of Alexander Zverev. The German has not played since that nasty ankle injury against Nadal at Roland Garros, and he should return to the court in September.

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Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev are behind Zverev, and they could pass him next week. Medvedev is world no. 1 ahead of Zverev, and he should score a couple of wins in Los Cabos and Canada to stay in front of the German on August 15.

Medvedev defends many points for the rest of the season. He should improve his ATP Race position as soon as possible if he wants to challenge Nadal and Alcaraz for the year-end no. 1 position. Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz hold positions seven and eight, with the 21-time Major winner Novak Djokovic following them.

Novak will most likely skip Canada, Cincinnati and the US Open. It should be tough for him to fight for the year-end no. 1 spot after not getting 2000 points at Wimbledon.


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