By Jürgen Fritz, Mon 01 Aug 2022, Cover photo: © JFB
Roberto Bautista Agut won the 250 tournament in Kitzbuhel, Jannik Sinner in Umag and Alex de Minaur in Atlanta. Thus, de Minaur and Bautista Agut move back into the top 20, Sinner consolidates position 8. As the points from the Olympics are removed from the ranking after 52 weeks, Zverev (gold), Khachanov (silver) and Carreño Busta (bronze) drop back.
Bautista Agut wins in Kitzbuhel, Sinner in Umag, de Minaur in Atlanta
In Kitzbuhel (E: ATP 250), Roberto Bautista Agut claimed his second tournament win of the season. In the final on Saturday, he easily beat Filip Misolic, who entered the tournament with a wild card, 6-2, 6-2. The 34-year-old Spaniard thus moves up six places in The True Tennis World Ranking and is now back in the top 20. Spain is currently the only country to boast two players in the top eight and three in the top 20.
Until eight days ago, Carlos Alcaraz had never lost a final of an ATP tournament (first world league). Including the Next Gen ATP Finals, he had reached six finals by then and won them all. Then his streak snapped eight days ago in the final of the 500 tournament in Hamburg (D). There, the 19-year-old lost to the 20-year-old Italian surprise winner Lorenzo Musetti. And last night he lost the second final at the 250 tournament in Umag (E), the Croatia Open, this time to Jannik Sinner, who is still 20 years old. Again a young Italian. Sinner had already beaten Alcaraz in the round of 16 at Wimbledon (A) four weeks ago, and now also in the final of the Croatia Open.
It was there that Alcaraz won his first ATP tournament twelve months ago as an 18-year-old. But the Spaniard was unable to defend this title. After narrowly winning the first set in a tiebreak, Sinner clearly won the second and third sets 6-1 each. Final result: 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 for Jannik Sinner, who turns 21 on 16 August. This was the first title this season for Sinner. Last year he won four tournaments.
It seems that the other players are now better able to adjust to Alcaraz, probably the greatest talent since Nadal and Djokovic. Perhaps some have figured out how to crack the 19-year-old, who also couldn’t quite maintain his incredible level from February to May, when he won four top-class tournaments in 12 weeks, two 500s (D) and two 1000s (C). But that would probably have been too much of a good thing. In Roland Garros (A) the super talent was stopped in the quarter finals by Alexander Zverev, in Wimbledon (A) in the last 16 by Jannik Sinner, in Hamburg (D) in the final by Lorenzo Musetti and now again in the final in Umag by Jannik Sinner. Alcaraz remains in 5th place in The True Tennis World Ranking, Sinner in 8th.
Five US-Americans were among the last eight in the 250 tournament in Atlanta (E), but the winner was an Australian: Alex de Minaur, who beat Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-3 in the final. This was de Minaur’s sixth ATP title overall, the first this year. It moves him also back into the top 20 in The True Tennis World Ranking. Congratulations to the three tournament winners!
The points from the Olympic Games are cancelled after 52 weeks
After 52 weeks, the points from the Tokyo Olympics will be removed today. Alexander Zverev (gold) thus loses 75 points, Karen Khachanov (silver) 45, Pablo Carreño Busta (bronze) 30, Novak Djokovic (fourth) 20, Medvedev (quarter-finalist) 12 points.
Zverev thus drops from 2 to 4, Khachanov from 15 to 27, Carreno Busta from 17 to 26 in The JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking, which evaluates all official tournaments, including Wimbledon, Olympics, Davis Cup, Laver Cup and Next Gen ATP Finals, and not only selectively like the ATP ranking.
The True Tennis World Ranking
And this is how the current JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking looks after Atlanta (E), Kitzbuhel and Umag (E):
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