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Wimbledon nemesis rattles ATP ranking

As Roger Federer drops out of 1000 ATP spots in 25 years

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

The recently concluded 2022 Wimbledon championship in England has rattled the ATP world ranking with champion Novak Djokovic falling four places from 3rd to the seventh position.

Djokovic, who won the 2021 All England Club tourney and defended the title in 2022 on Sunday, July 10 against Australian Nick Kyrgios, lose 2000 points to slide down through the ATP ranking. The Trumpet Gathered

Recall that the ATP and WTA had sanctioned the All England Club for barring Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing in SW19 following the military invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

The resultant effect of the sanction was to strip Wimbledon of its ranking points which have consequently affected the ATP strata for tennis professionals.

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According to the new ranking, Russian Daniil Medvedev retained the top spot on the ATP ranking with a deduction of 180 points followed by German Alexander Zverev on the second spot, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final at Roland Garros.

Meanwhile, French Open and Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal, Stefano Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud move one place up the ATP ranking to 3rd, fourth and fifth positions respectively after 360 points were deducted from their ranking points.

Following the trio, Spain’s sensational teenager and Madrid Open champion, Carlos Alcaraz move up the ranking from seventh to sixth position after the ATP removed 45 points from his total ranking points.

Andrey Rublev, a Russian who partook in the event as an independent athlete retained its eighth position just after 35-year-old Serbian and SW19 champion on the ATP ranking.

He lost 150 points while Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime lost 315 points to remain in the ninth position. However, Italian Jannik Sinner returned to ATP topten ranking by jumping three places to emerge in the 10th position after missing out from his highest ever ranking in 9th position which was attained on November 1, 2021.

Surprisingly, former world number one, Roger Federer has dropped out of the ATP ranking for the first time in 25 years after missing out on Wimbledon due to a knee injury he sustained last year.

The Swiss, who is regarded as one of the tennis greats with 20 Grand Slam titles, has not played any competitive match since his quarter-final defeat to Polish Hubert Hubert. From analysis, The Trumpet explains that had Federer partaken in 2022 Wimbledon without competing in any preceding event to gain ranking points, he would have not escaped dropping out of the 1000 ATP spots following the ATP sanction on All England Club.

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