In the first round in Rome, the Spaniard defeated compatriot Albert Ramos Vinolas, before suffering an early exit in the third round, losing to Fabian Marozsán 3-6, 6-7(4). His participation in this event was enough to ensure his return to the top spot in the ATP ranking and to mark another week in the top.
This is Alcaraz’s third career No. 1 ranking. His first reign lasted from September 12, 2022 to January 29, 2023, spanning 20 weeks. After a brief period, he regained the #1 spot between March 20, 2023 and April 2, 2023, adding another two weeks to his record.
This return marks his third stint at No. 1, bringing his total to at least 23 weeks at the top, which is 16th on the all-time list. The rest of the top 10 also saw some changes. Daniil Medvedev will be ranked No. 2 after his triumph at the Italian Open, followed by Novak Djokovic, who dropped to No. 3, his lowest ranking this season.
The list of the top five is completed by the Norwegian Casper Ruud and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was one of the players defeated by the future champion. Young Dane Holger Rune climbed to 6th place, a new career high, followed by Andrey Rublev, Jannik Sinner, Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Alcaraz will now have to defend his world number 1 at the next Roland Garros. After the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal, he immediately became the main favorite and, considering that the top three are defending a similar number of points, the race is open for the first place.
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