By Jürgen Fritz, Tue 22 Mar 2022, Cover photo: © JFB
Taylor Fritz’s win in Indian Wells moves him into the top 15 for the first time. Despite another break in play, Novak Djokovic remains at No. 1 in the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking, while Rafael Nadal moves up to No. 4 with his win in Acapulco and his run to the final in Indian Wells with only ten tournaments played in the last 52 weeks.
Djokovic remains at 1, Nadal moves up to 4, Rublev to 7, Fritz to 15 and Alcaraz to 16
There hasn’t been a clear No. 1 for weeks, as Djokovic has only been able to play one tournament since the beginning of the year due to missing his COVID-19 vaccination, but Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev have not been able to take advantage of that. Neither has won a single tournament this year.
The best player in 2022 is clearly Rafael Nadal with three tournament wins plus a final appearance in Indian Wells, which he played in severe pain with a stress fracture of the rib. Nadal, however, will miss almost the entire second half of 2021, where he was out due to injury. Therefore, Djokovic remains No. 1 with only twelve tournaments played in the last 52 weeks, just ahead of Medvedev and Zverev.
Andrey Rublev moves back up to 7 thanks to his tournament wins in Marseille (E) and Dubai (D) and his semifinal appearance in Indian Wells, and 24-year-old Taylor Fritz is in the top 15 for the first time in his career after his win in Indian Wells (C). Carlos Alcaraz, an Indian Wells semifinalist who is only 18, also achieves his best position so far, moving up from 17 to 16.
The JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking
And this is how the current 52-week men’s world ranking looks after Indian Wells (C):
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