The 2021 Wimbledon tournament concluded last Sunday when Novak Djokovic defeated Matteo Berrettini in the finals. The grand slam has the potential to significantly change a player’s ranking in the ATP tour. Below, I break down the rankings posted after the Wimbledon concluded.
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 12,113 pts
2. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 10,370
3. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 8,270
4. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 8,150
5. Alexander Zverev (GER) 7,475 (+1)
6. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 7,425 (-1)
7. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 6,255
8. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 5,488 (+1)
9. Roger Federer (SUI) 4,215 (-1)
10. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 3,625 (+2)
11. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3,163 (+7)
Top 5 Of The New Rankings
Starting at the top, Novak Djokovic further added on to his already huge margin with second place. He is now around 2,000 points between Daniil Medvedev who stands at second place. Daniil didn’t see much success in this year’s Wimbledon as he lost his third-round match in a thrilling 5 set competition. This event isn’t a true representation of Daniil’s potential, however, because personally, I think he has the most deadly game of the future generation. Wimbledon’s center courts can surely expect to be visited by Medvedev in the near future.
Due to Rafael Nadal’s absence from the Wimbledon, newcomer Stefanos Tsitsipas inched even closer to overtaking Nadal at third place. He now sits just 120 points away from Rafael. I expect to see the younger Stefanos take over Nadal very soon, as the future generation is edging nearer to taking over the current Big 3.
Alexander Zverev gained a place in the rankings after making it to the round of 16 in this year’s Wimbledon. Zverev is another player to keep an eye on as he progresses in his career. With his tall stature, and big serve I see him making it higher on this list by the end of 2021.
Top 10 Of The New Rankings
Andrey Rublev wasn’t affected by this tournament at all, but Wimbledon finalist, Matteo Berrettini took a leap in Rublev’s direction in terms of rankings. The two are separated by around 700 points. Matteo definitely turned heads after his Wimbledon performance, but overall, I still like Rublev for the long run.
For Roger Federer fans, the new rankings couldn’t be more disappointing. We’ve seen Federer’s downfall over the past couple of months, and the updated rankings have him at 9th place, falling 1 position from where he was prior to Wimbledon. Almost all tennis fans can agree that seeing Roger fade away in the top rankings is upsetting, but at his age of 39, it is inevitable to happen.
The next two players on the rankings saw a great leap in the right direction, as Denis Shapovalov jumped two places, and Hubert Hurkacz jumped a jaw-dropping 7 places after just one tournament. Hurkacz’s bounce occurred due to his shocking run to the semi-finals of Wimbledon. Watching him play showed tennis fans around the world that he can grow to become a brand name in the future generation of tennis.
What’s To Come?
In my opinion, the main takeaway from the new rankings is that the future generation is here, and it’s time for the veterans to back off. Almost all of the players in the top 10 of the ATP are under the age of 28. It’s surely going to be exciting to see what these players can pull off by the end of 2021. However, Djokovic does stand in their way of taking 1st place and he isn’t showing any signs of backing off any time soon. It’s going to be thrilling to see how the rankings shape up at the end of 2021.
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