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Djokovic snatches Nadal’s ATP top spot

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Madrid : Serbia’s Novak Djokovic snatched the top spot of the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings released on Monday from Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal, now World No. 2.

Djokovic had secured World No. 1, following Nadal’s retirement from the Paris Masters due to abdominal problems, although the Serbian was defeated 5-7, 4-6 on Sunday by Russia’s Karen Khachanov, who jumped seven places to World No. 11 after winning the title, reports Efe.

Kei Nishikori of Japan made it to the top-10 list by climbing two places up to world No. 9, thanks to reaching the quarter-finals in Paris, dropping John Isner of the United States down to 10th.

Meanwhile Romania’s Simona Halep continued to lead the Women’s Tennis Association rankings released on Monday with 6,921 points, followed by Germany’s Angelique Kerber.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark remained in her third place in this week’s unchanged top 10, ahead of Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina and Japan’s Naomi Osaka, reports Efe.

Further down the rankings, Ashleigh Barty of Australia climbed four positions to the 15th after she won the WTA Elite Trophy at Zhuhai in China over Qiang Wang of China on Sunday.

Following her victory at the ITF China 20A final on Sunday, China’s Yafan Wang rocketed 10 places to the 73rd.

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