The battle for number 1 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings is just three players down after Daniil Medvedev’s fourth round loss at the US Open on Sunday night against Nick Kyrgios. Rafael Nadal is in pole position to leave New York in first place, while Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud still have the chance to climb to the top of the men’s tennis mountain
Alcaraz and Ruud have to make it to the final to have a chance to leave New York as number 1 in the world. If Nadal advances to the quarter-finals, he will force Alcaraz or Ruud to win the title.
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Nadal is in the best position in the battle for number 1, but Alcaraz also has his own destiny in his hands as he is in the same half of the draw as the southpaw and could knock him out in the semi-finals. If Nadal makes the final at Flushing Meadows, he will leave New York as number 1 in the world. When Alcaraz and Ruud play the final of the US Open, the winner will leave New York as number 1 in the world.
If Alcaraz takes first place, he will become the youngest No. 1 in the world in the history of the Pepperstone ATP ranking. When Ruud climbs to the top, he becomes the first Norwegian to do so.
Ruud, who has already made it to the quarterfinals, is three places ahead of number 4 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings. Alcaraz is currently number 5 in the live ranking.
When Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas entered the tournament, they also had a chance to exit the final major of the season as the world’s number 1. It wasn’t the first thing Medvedev thought of after his loss, but the 26-year-old is disappointed that he will give up the top spot.
“That’s no fun, because honestly, if you lose in a Grand Slam after a match like that, look, I’m trying to look good here, but I’m disappointed. I’m not going to cry in the room, but I’m a little disappointed,” said Medvedev. “In front of [a] some days i will just be a little sad looking at my phone, my laptop or watching a series. It wasn’t the first thing I thought of after the game and said, ‘Damn, I won’t be number 1 in the world anymore.’ I don’t really know where I will be…. But that’s motivation [to] try to do better.”