Australia triumph puts Djokovic back on top of ATP charts

Novak Djokovic (AFP)
Novak Djokovic (AFP)

Paris - Novak Djokovic's latest Australian Open heroics lifted him past Rafael Nadal to the world No 1 spot in the latest ATP rankings published on Monday.

The Serb landed his eighth Australian Open title on Sunday with a rollercoaster 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Dominic Thiem in a near four-hour marathon in Melbourne.

His 17th Grand Slam title moved him within two of Nadal and three of Roger Federer on the all-time list.

And Djokovic now tops the rankings on 9 720 points, with Nadal demoted to second on 9 395 and Federer remaining in third on 7 130.

Nadal was beaten by Thiem, who moves up a place to fourth, in the quarter-finals with Djokovic sweeping past Federer in the semis.

The biggest mover after the first Grand Slam of the season was Nick Kyrgios, the Australian who jumped six places into 20th on the strength of his run into the fourth round.

Djokovic last occupied the rankings summit at the end of October 2019.

Top 20 in the latest ATP Tour rankings:

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 9 720

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9 395

3. Roger Federer (SUI) 7 130

4. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 7 045

5. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5 960

6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 4 745

7. Alexander Zverev (GER) 3 885

8. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2 905

9. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2 700

10. David Goffin (BEL) 2 555

11. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2 400

12. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2 360

13. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 2 360

14. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2 220

15. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 2 174

16. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2 120

17. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 1 995

18. John Isner (USA) 1 940

19. Benoit Paire (FRA) 1 738

20. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 1 690

Other:

85. Lloyd Harris (RSA) 651

120. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 445

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