Novak Djokovic remains World No. 1 in the latest ATP rankings after winning his fifth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title.
Rafael Nadal had the chance to usurp Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking, but not even winning the Acapulco title was enough as the Serbian stormed to the Dubai silverware with a straight sets victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Saturday’s final.
After saving three match points against the in-form Gael Monfils in the semi-finals, Djokovic extended his winning streak to 21 straight matches (and 18-0 in 2020) by beating Tsitsipas for the title.
“I’m trying to embrace the moment and appreciate where I am,” said Djokovic. “I think this has been one of the best starts of all the seasons I had in my career. I feel great on the court. I’ve been playing great tennis on the hard courts. That is my most successful and preferred surface.”
Djokovic has been flawless to begin 2020, compiling that aforementioned 18-0 record that also included winning a record eighth Australian Open title and leading Serbia to the ATP Cup.
The Serbian currently holds a 370-point lead over Nadal heading into Indian Wells in a couple of weeks.
Nadal meanwhile wasn’t thinking about the No. 1 ranking as he picked up his first title of the season in Acapulco, gliding past Taylor Fritz 6-3 6-2 in the final.
The Spaniard was dominant all week, not dropping a set as he collected his third Acapulco crown and first since the tournament moved to hardcourt.
Nadal is now the youngest and oldest Acapulco champion in the tournament’s history after securing one of his first titles in the Mexican city back in 2005.
”I couldn’t be happier. I played a great event from the beginning to the end,” Nadal said. “Acapulco was the first big title that I won in my career, so to be able to stay here after 15 years is amazing. I can’t thank enough the people who make me feel at home every single time.”
Depending on how Djokovic fares, there’s a chance Nadal could reclaim the No. 1 ranking over the ‘Sunshine Swing’ in Indian Wells and Miami, but as always, the Spaniard is defending a truckload of points over the clay season.
Elsewhere, rising teenage star Thiago Seyboth Wild landed a milestone moment on Sunday, becoming the youngest Brazilian to win an ATP title when he captured his first tour-level trophy in Santiago.
The 19-year-old outlasted Buenos Aires champion Casper Ruud by a 7-5 4-6 6-3 scoreline to become the youngest Golden Swing champion since Nadal in Acapulco in 2005.
With just two tour-level wins before this week, Seyboth Wild has firmly catapulted himself towards the top 100, vaulting 69 spots in the latest ATP rankings to No. 113.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer – who is out injured until the grass season after knee surgery – slips one spot after his Dubai champion points from last year fell off, allowing Dominic Thiem to hit a career-high ranking of No. 3.
There’s no ATP tournaments taking place this week, with various Davis Cup qualifiers held around the world over the weekend.
Latest ATP Rankings, Monday March 2
1. ?? Novak Djokovic
2. ?? Rafael Nadal
3. ?? Dominic Thiem (+1)
4. ?? Roger Federer (-1)
5. ?? Daniil Medvedev
6. ?? Stefanos Tsitsipas
7. ?? Alexander Zverev
8. ?? Matteo Berrettini
9. ?? Gael Monfils
10. ?? David Goffin
11. ?? Fabio Fognini
12. ?? Roberto Bautista Agut
13. ?? Diego Schwartzman
14. ?? Andrey Rublev
15. ?? Karen Khachanov (+2)
16. ?? Denis Shapovalov (-1)
17. ?? Stan Wawrinka (-1)
18. ?? Cristian Garin
19. ?? Grigor Dimitrov (+3)
20. ?? Felix Auger-Aliassime (-1)
Notable Top 100 Ranking Movements This Week
?? Taylor Fritz (+11 to No. 24)
?? Dan Evans (+9 to No. 28)
?? Guido Pella (-9 to No. 35)
?? Nick Kyrgios (-16 to No. 39)
?? Tommy Paul (+9 to No. 57)
?? Ricardas Berankis (-10 to No. 72)
?? Cameron Norrie (-19 to No. 77)
?? Laslo Diere (-13 to No. 80)
?? Marton Fucsovics (-14 to No. 84)
?? Dennis Novak (+11 to No. 85)
?? Yasutaka Uchiyama (+9 to No. 90)