Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek during the 2023 Indian Wells Masters 1000.
The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz regained number one in the ATP by winning on Sunday in Indian Wells, to the detriment of Novak Djokovic, now second, according to the classification published this Monday, in which his compatriot Rafael Nadal leaves the Top 10 for the first time in 18 years.
Alcaraz, 19, rose to the world tennis honors for the first time after winning the US Open in September 2022.
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Djokovic regained number 1 after winning the Australian Open in January, but did not participate in Indian Wells as he was not vaccinated against covid-19. Alcaraz needed to win the trophy and he did it on Sunday by beating Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final and now has 260 points over the Serbian.
Nadal, who did not compete in Indian Wells as he was recovering from his physical problems to get fit for the clay court tour, leaves the Top-10 this Monday for the first time in 18 years. He goes from ninth to 13th place. The Spaniard, who shares the record of 22 victories in Grand Slam tournaments with Djokovic, had been among the top ten tennis players in the world since 2005, a record in the history of the sport.
Polish control in the WTA
Iga Swiatek remains comfortable at the top of the women’s world tennis (WTA) despite falling in the semifinals at the recent Indian Wells tournament. Swiatek lost to Kazakh Elena Rybakina, ultimately the tournament winner who rose from 10th to 7th place.
Rybakina prevailed in the final against the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who remained in second place in the ranking.
Meanwhile, the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia and the Spanish Paula Badosa succumbed in the third round of Indian Wells, so the South American slipped from 13 to 14 and the European from 22 to 29.
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For her part, the Colombian Camila Osorio, who did not participate in Indian Wells, left the Top 100 by falling to position 101.
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