By Jürgen Fritz, Mon 14 Jun 2021, Cover picture: © JFB
Novak Djokovic scored a historic win at Roland Garros, has now won every Grand Slam tournament at least twice and remains the world No. 1 in the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking. Daniil Medvedev can defend position 2 with his good performance in Paris, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas rise two places each, Berrittini four. Andrey Rublev, Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman, on the other hand, fall back.
Djokovic beats Nadal in Roland Garros and Tsitsipas in the final, Cilic wins in Stuttgart
With almost unbelievable performances in the second week of the tournament, Novak Djokovic won the French Open for the second time, first beating in R16 the strong young Italian Lorenzo Musetti after being 0:2 set deficit, then the next Italian, the very strong Matteo Berrettini in four sets in the quarter-finals, in the semi-finals in a match on an unbelievably high level the king of Roland Garros Rafael Nadal also in four sets (after 0:1 set deficit) and finally also Stefanos Tsitsipas who played almost perfectly for two sets in the final, again after 0:2 set deficit.
With his 19th Grand Slam win, Djokovic is now very close to Federer and Nadal (20 each) and could draw level with them as early as Wimbledon, where Djokovic is the defending champion. In the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking, the Serb has thus confidently defended his position as No. 1 and even increased his score by 40 points (100 instead of 60 points). Last year he reached the final, which he lost to Nadal.
Daniil Medvedev, who was eliminated in the first round of the French Open last year, also improved his score and reached the quarter-finals this time (20 points), where he was eliminated by Stefanos Tsitsipas. The latter beat Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals, who had only made it to the last 16 in 2020, and then entered his first career Grand Slam final (60 points). There he met Djokovic, whom he lost to in the semi-finals last year. Tsitsipas said today that five minutes before he stepped on court to play his first career Grand Slam final, his beloved grandmother died. Nevertheless, the 22-year-old played at an incredible level for two sets and gave Djokovic a great fight for five sets.
Matteo Berrettini and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina also improved greatly, making it to the quarter-finals in Paris (20 points). At the E category (ATP 250) grass court tournament in Stuttgart, 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final. This was the Croat’s first tournament win in three years and the eighth defeat in the eighth final for the 20-year-old Canadian. In the JFB Ranking, Cilic thus moves into the top 40. Christian Garin, Lorenzo Musetti, Federico Delbonis and Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff moved into the top 30.
The JFB 52 Week Tennis World Rankings as of 14 June 2021
And here’s how the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Rankings look after Roland Garros (A) and Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart (E):
The ATP Tour now continues on grass in Halle and London Queen’s Club
At the important preparation tournament for Wimbledon in Halle (D: ATP 500) this week, Daniil Medvedev (2), Alexander Zverev (3), Andrey Rublev (5) and ten-time Halle champion Roger Federer will compete, at London’s Queen’s Club (D: ATP 500) Matteo Berrittini (8), Aslan Karatsev (9) and Jannik Sinner (11).
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