By Jürgen Fritz, Mon 20 Jun 2022, Cover photo: © JFB
Daniil Medvedev remains world No 1 and slightly extends his lead by reaching the final in Halle. New Halle champion Hubert Hurkacz climbs from 12 to 11 in the JFB ranking and Matteo Berrettini, who can defend his title in London, consolidates his position in the top ten.
Berrettini wins in London, Hurkacz in Halle
Matteo Berrettini continued his brilliant comeback after almost three months of injury and hand surgery and won the grass court tournament in London Queen’s Club (D: ATP 500) directly after Stuttgart (E: ATP 250). In Halle, Hubert Hurkacz successively beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-finals, Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals and then world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in the final. The Russian did not stand a chance against the almost perfectly playing Hurkacz and lost 1-6, 4-6 in only 62 minutes.
Medvedev loses his fifth final in a row
Medvedev thus lost his fifth singles final in a row: at the end of 2021 Paris-Bercy (C) against Djokovic and the ATP Finals (B) against Zverev, 2022 the Australian Open (A) against Nadal, all three on hard court, then last week the grass court tournament in s’Hertogenbosch (E) against van Rijthoven and now the final of the grass court tournament in Halle (D). Since the US Open (A) on 12 September 2021, the Russian has not won a tournament in eleven starts in the men’s singles. The 25-year-old Hurkacz, on the other hand, reached the final of an ATP tournament for the fifth time in his career and won for the fifth time. His final record: 5-0.
With Zverev, Djokovic, Nadal and Alcaraz out of action and Ruud and Tsitsipas eliminated early, Medvedev can still extend his lead
Berrettini’s successful title defence in London allows him to stay in the top ten, but he has many points to defend at Wimbledon as last year’s finalist (60). Hurkacz overtakes Jannik Sinner and moves up from 12 to 11. Shapovalov could not defend his points from last year when he reached the semi-finals in London. He drops from 16 to 18.
At the top everything remains unchanged. Since Zverev, Djokovic, Nadal and Alcaraz did not play last week and Ruud was eliminated in round one at the Queen’s Club, Medvedev was able to slightly extend his lead. The Russian, like all his compatriots and like all Belarusians, is not allowed to play in Wimbledon, but is playing in Mallorca this week (E: ATP 250), so he can continue to collect points there. However, he could already meet the very strong Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-finals, who reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart as well as in Halle and played great.
The JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking
And this is how the current 52-week men’s world ranking looks after Halle (D) and London Queen’s Club (D):
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