ATP Ranking: Alcaraz is only five steps from heaven and Báez, without playing, was never so high

The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, just 19 years old and winner of the Madrid Masters 1000 on Sunday, climbed three positions and reached number 6 in the ATP ranking on Monday, two weeks before the start of Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam of the season, which will take place in Paris between May 22 and June 5.

After defeating Rafael Nadal (4th) on Friday in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic, number 1 in the world, on Saturday in the semifinals, the young tennis player from Murcia gave Alexander Zverev (3rd) no chance in the final of the Sunday that lasted just over an hour.

This is his fourth trophy of the year, after the ATP 500 in Rio in February, the Masters 1000 in Miami, the first of his career, and the ATP 500 in Barcelona last week. With ankle discomfort, Alcaraz gave up participating in the Masters 1000 in Rome to better prepare for Roland Garros.

The Top-5 continues unchanged, dominated by Djokovic, but just behind Alcaraz, Andrey Rublev gains one position to climb to 7th position and Canadian Felix Augier-Aliassiame climbs another to move up to 9th, while Matteo Berrettini loses two (9th) and Norwegian Casper Ruud three (10th).

The Argentines? Diego Schwartzman, who fell in the second round in Madrid in a surprise defeat against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, remains in 15th place to continue as the best Latin American in the standings.

And Sebastián Báez, who could not play the Masters 1000 in the Spanish capital and had to go through qualifying to play the Masters 1000 in Rome -Tallon Griekspoor will be his rival in his debut-, reached his best position in the ranking, since he climbed three steps and figure 37th to be the second best albiceleste racket on the circuit above Federico Delbonis, who fell two positions and is now 39th.

Another who is higher than ever is Tomás Martín Etcheverry, already established in the top 100, who appears in 90th place after climbing four steps in the last week.

top 20

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 8,260pts

2. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 7,990

3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 7,020

4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6,435

5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 5,750

6. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 4,773 (+3)

7. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 4,115 (+1)

8. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 3,895 (-2)

9. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 3,760 (+1)

10. Casper Ruud (NOR) 3,760 (-3)

11. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 3,380

12. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3,130 (+2)

13. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 3,060 (-1)

14. Taylor Fritz (USA) 2,965 (-1)

15. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,760

16. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2,671

17. Reilly Opelka (USA) 2,440

18. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2,135

19. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 1993

20. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 1830

Argentines in the top 100

37. Sebastian Baez (ARG) 1,163 (+3)

39. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 1,114 (-2)

49. Francisco Cerúndolo (ARG) 1,016

55. Federico Coria (ARG) 957 (+3)

90. Thomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG) 715 (+4)

95. Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 686 (+2)

Source: AFP

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