Djokovic And Swiatek Extend World No. 1 Stay As Madrid Open Reaches Second Week

Djokovic And Swiatek Extend World No. 1 Stay As Madrid Open Reaches Second Week

by Nurein Ahmed

Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek continue to lead the official rankings for their respective tours.

The stars of the ATP and WTA tours have gathered at the Madrid Open for a combined 1000-level tournament. Because the event is running for two weeks, the rankings will be freshly updated at the end of the tournament.

In the meantime, as the tournament reaches its halfway point, Djokovic will add another week to his record-setting run of the most weeks at No. 1 by a singles player (now up to 423). He is not playing in Madrid this year, but he will not lose the No. 1 ranking for at least the next three weeks.

However, Djokovic could relinquish the top spot to high-flying Jannik Sinner by the end of the Italian Open in Rome. The Serbian star has 9990 points, while Sinner, who is competing in Madrid, has 8660 points.

The Italian will most likely need to win both ATP 1000s before Roland Garros in order to become the new World No. 1. The seeding for this year's French Open will be announced after the event in Sinner's home tournament.

On the women's side, Swiatek is not in danger of losing the No. 1 ranking. Last week, she became the ninth WTA player to reach 100 weeks as World No. 1. She is inching closer to passing Justine Henin and Ashleigh Barty on the all-time list.

With 10560 points at the start of the Madrid Open, the Pole increased the gap between herself and Aryna Sabalenka to 2712 points. The 22-year-old cruised into yet another Madrid quarterfinal after demolishing Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets.

In fact, Sabalenka is the player under immense pressure to cascade in the rankings. US Open champion Coco Gauff could overtake the Belarusian after Madrid. She will face in-form American Danielle Collins in the fourth round.


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