Rafael Nadal reclaims ATP top spot as Roger Federer slips

PARIS, France – Rafael Nadal reclaimed the top spot in the men's ATP rankings on Monday, April 2, a day after Swiss rival Roger Federer crashed out in Miami to American John Isner.

Nadal, who hasn't hit a ball in anger since pulling out of the Australian Open quarterfinals in January, saw Federer take over top spot on February 18.

Look who’s back on top! Congrats Rafael Nadal for returning to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings today. https://t.co/5w2P1t0UuA pic.twitter.com/J3w7Oz8Aat — ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) April 2, 2018

The Swiss veteran, however, slipped 10 points behind his Spanish rival and into second place after a second round defeat to Isner that saw the towering American leap 8 places to 9th thanks to his eventual victory Sunday in the Masters 1000 event.

Isner thus equals his previous best ranking of 9th, reached in April 2012, while beaten finalist Alexander Zverev of Germany moved up one place to 4th.

South Korea's Hyeon Chung meanwhile continued to chip away at the rankings, the 21-year-old breaking into the top 20, to 19th, for the first time in his fledgling career thanks to his quarterfinal appearance in Miami.

 

ATP rankings at April 2 (change in ranking in brackets):

1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 8.770 pts (+1)

2. Roger Federer (SUI) 8.670 (-1)

3. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4.985

4. Alexander Zverev (GER) 4.925 (+1)

5. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4.635 (-1)

6. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4.470

7. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3.665

8. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 3.390

9. John Isner (USA) 3.125 (+8)

10. David Goffin (BEL) 3.110 (-1)

11. Lucas Pouille (FRA) 2.410 (-1)

12. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2.395 (+7)

13. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2.310 (-1)

14. Sam Querrey (USA) 2.265

15. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2.220 (+1)

16. Jack Sock (USA) 2.200 (-5)

17. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2.175 (-2)

18. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2.140 (-5)

19. Hyeon Chung (KOR) 1.897 (+4)

20. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 1.840 (-2)

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