By Jürgen Fritz, Mon 11 Jul 2022, Cover photo: © JFB
With another Wimbledon win, Novak Djokovic can defend third place in the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking. Nadal moves ever closer to the top three, Alcaraz overtakes Ruud and Tsitsipas. Sinner and Norrie can both move them up four places and are now in the top ten. Kyrgios rises from 57 to 19.
Djokovic takes his seventh Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam title
Novak Djokovic remains the measure of all things on grass. The Serb wins the world’s most important tennis tournament for the fourth time in a row and the seventh time overall. The 35-year-old thus draws level with William Renshaw (1881-1889) and Pete Sampras (1993-2000) and now only has Roger Federer ahead of him, who brought it to eight Wimbledon titles in men’s singles (2003-2017).
Wimbledon winner since 2003
2003: Federer vs Philipoussis
2004: Federer vs Roddick
2005: Federer vs Roddick
2006: Federer vs Nadal
2007: Federer vs Nadal
2008: Nadal vs Federer (final of the century)
2009: Federer vs Roddick
2010: Nadal vs Berdych
2011: Djokovic vs Nadal
2012: Federer vs Murray
2013: Murray vs Djokovic
2014: Djokovic vs. Federer
2015: Djokovic vs Federer
2016: Murray vs Raonic
2017: Federer vs Cilic
2018: Djokovic vs Anderson (in the semi-final/advanced final against Nadal)
2019: Djokovic vs Federer (another final of the century)
2021: Djokovic vs Berrettini
2022: Djokovic vs Kyrgios (Nadal had to cancel his semi-final against Kyrgios because of a torn abdominal muscle)
Djokovic already set a new world record by reaching the final. The Serb played his 32nd Grand Slam final. This has never happened before in men’s tennis. Roger Federer has reached the final of an A tournament 31 times, Rafael Nadal 30 and Ivan Lendl 19.
With his 21st Grand Slam men’s singles title, Djokovic is now in sole second place in the perpetual rankings:
- Rafael Nadal: 22
- Novak Djokovic: 21
- Roger Federer: 20
- Pete Sampras: 14
Djokovic remains in third position, but Nadal moves ever closer to the top three
Djokovic’s successful title defence allows him to maintain his third position in the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking. Rafael Nadal, the most successful player of 2022 so far, is moving closer to the top three, however. His semi-final win brings his points tally to over 300, and with only two points to defend before the end of the year, the Spaniard has huge potential to add to his tally in the coming months.
Since the Olympics will be out of the scoring in three weeks, gold medallist Alexander Zverev will lose 75 points, silver medallist Karen Khachanov 45, Pablo Carreno Busta (bronze) 30, semi-finalist Novak Djokovic 20 and Daniil Medvedev as a quarter-finalist 12 points. Pablo Carreno Busta also has 20 points to defend the week before as defending champion in Hamburg (D: ATP 500).
Alcaraz, Sinner, Norrie, Kyrgios, Goffin, Garin and Nakashima advance further
Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios can improve significantly with the 60 points. He moves up from 57 to 19 and is thus in the top twenty for the first time in a very long time.
Semi-finalist Cameron Norrie (35 points) moves up from 13 to 9, while quarter-finalists Jannik Sinner, Taylor Fritz, Christian Garin and David Goffin (20 points) move up from 12 to 8 (Sinner), from 14 to 12 (Fritz), from 49 to 35 (Garin) and from 61 to 36 (Goffin). Round of 16 finalist Brandon Nakashima (10 points) can also improve significantly and rises from 51 to 39.
Berrettini, Hurkacz, Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime fall back
Last year’s finalist Matteo Berrettini, who had to withdraw shortly before his first round match at Wimbledon due to a SARS-CoV-2 infection, loses 60 points and drops from 10 to 15.
The tournament was very disappointing for the two Wimbledon semi-finalists of 2021. Hubert Hurkacz, who was counted among the four, five top favourites to win Wimbledon after his outstanding tournament victory in Halle (D), was eliminated right in the first round against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. He loses 35 points and drops from 11 to 13. Denis Shapovalov lost in round two to Brandon Nakashima and drops from 18 to 23.
Felix Auger Aliassime, who reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon last year, was also considered an extended favourite. He was eliminated in the first round against Maxime Cressy (minus 20 points) and thus drops out of the top ten.
The JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking
And this is how the current 52-week men’s world ranking looks after Wimbledon (A):
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