By Jürgen Fritz, Mon 19 Sep 2022, Cover photo: © JFB
Novak Djokovic did not want to play for Serbia in the Davis Cup this year. The Wimbledon winner, who played very successfully in the Davis Cup last year, thus loses quite a few points and falls back to fourth place. Medvedev and Rublev also lose many Davis Cup points from last year. Casper Ruud moves up to position three.
Casper Ruud No. 3 in the world for the first time
Novak Djokovic has not played a match since the Wimbledon final on 10 July. He was not allowed to enter the Masters tournaments in Canada and Cinicinnati (C) due to lack of COVID-19 vaccination, nor the US Open (A). However, he could have competed in the Davis Cup last week in Valencia, but cancelled his participation for personal reasons. Without their No. 1, Serbia only finished third in their group, missing out on a place in the quarter-finals in Malaga in November. Last year, Djokovic had played very successfully in the Davis Cup Finals, winning all his four matches. The 15.5 points for this are now dropped from the ranking and Djokovic falls behind Casper Ruud to position four. The Roland Garros and US Open finalist is now No. 3 for the first time in The True Tennis World Ranking (JFB Ranking), which includes all tournaments, especially Wimbledon, the Davis Cup, the Laver Cup and the Next Gen Finals, and weights Grand Slam tournaments 25 per cent higher than the ATP ranking.
Medvedev and Rublev lose a lot of points from last year, but Zverev cannot use this because of a new injury
Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, who won the Davis Cup for Russia last year but were excluded from the Nations Cup this year because of Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine, also lose their points from last year, Medvedev 23.5, Rublev 11.5 points.
This gave ATP Finals winner Alexander Zverev, who had been injured since Roland Garros, a chance to move past Medvedev. Shortly before the start of the Davis Cup match against France, however, the German had to withdraw because oedema had formed on his injured ankle. So Medvedev remains No. 5 for the time being, just ahead of Zverev.
Berrettini, Bautista Agut, van de Zandschulp and Struff win all three matches in the Davis Cup group stages
Matteo Berrettini (Italy), Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain), Botic van de Zandschulp (Netherlands) and Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany) played particularly well in the Davis Cup group stage, winning all three matches. The most points (9.5) were scored by van de Zandschulp, who beat Alexander Bublik (Kazakhstan), Cameron Norrie (Great Britain) and Taylor Fritz (USA) in succession.
Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada) managed to beat the newly crowned US Open winner Carlos Alcaraz. The Spaniard then won his second match against Soonwoo Kwon (Korea) to slightly extend his lead over Nadal from 3.5 to 5 points.
The True Tennis World Ranking
And this is how the current JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking looks after the Davis Cup (T) group matches:
Van de Zandschulp rises from 29 to 26
Griekspoor and Ramos Vinolas new in the top 50
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