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Latest ATP Rankings 15 July 2019 - Novak Djokovic remains clear No. 1 after historic Wimbledon title defence

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 15 Jul 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Djokovic stays No. 1 after defending Wimbledon title
  • Federer remains No. 3 with heartbreaking defeat
  • Medvedev makes top 10 debut
  • Bautista Agut up to career-high No. 13
Novak Djokovic (PA Images)

Novak Djokovic remains the runaway World No. 1 after conquering Roger Federer in a historic and classic Wimbledon final to successfully defend his title on Sunday.

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Djokovic saved two championship points late in the fifth set before coming out on top in the first ever singles fifth-set tiebreaker in Wimbledon history, edging Federer by a 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) scoreline in four hours and 57 minutes, which is also the longest final in the history of The Championships, dating back to 1877.

It was also the third time Djokovic saved two match points to defeat Federer in a Grand Slam, following on from their five-set thrillers in the 2010 and 2011 U.S. Open semi-finals. The Serbian is the first man to save match points in a Wimbledon final since 1948, when Robert Falkenburg beat John Bromwich, saving seven.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer (PA Images)
Djokovic moves to within four slams of Federer’s record haul of 20, climbing to 16 on the all-time leaderboard, while he’s also just two adrift of Rafael Nadal’s 18 majors.

“In these kinds of matches, you work for, you live for, they give sense and they give value to every minute you spend on the court training and working to get yourself in this position and play the match with one of your greatest rivals of all-time,” Djokovic said.
“I'm just obviously thrilled and overjoyed with emotions to be sitting here in front of you as a winner. It was one shot away from losing the match, as well. This match had everything. It could have gone easily his way.”

Djokovic is also the first man aged over 30 in the Open Era to successfully defend a Wimbledon title. The Serbian was two wins away from completing a second ‘Nole Slam’ at Roland Garros, but was thwarted by Dominic Thiem in five sets in the semi-finals.

Bouncing back as strongly as ever to claim a fifth Wimbledon and equal Bjorn Borg’s tally in the process, Djokovic further cements his status as the undisputed World No. 1. Djokovic holds a commanding 4,470-point lead over Nadal in No. 2, while he’s 4,955 points ahead of Federer at No. 3.

Meanwhile, Federer was experiencing a nightmare version of deja vu as he once again let slip of match points to lose to Djokovic in a slam - and the Swiss couldn’t hide his disappointment of falling just short of a 21st major and first Grand Slam title since the 2018 Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic (PA Images)
“I don't know if losing 2-2-2 feels better than this one. At the end, it actually doesn't matter to some extent. You might feel more disappointed, sad over angry,” Federer said. “I don't know what I feel right now. I just feel like it's such an incredible opportunity missed, I can't believe it. It is what it is.”

In other ranking news, three players in the top 10 have new career-highs after last year’s runner-up Kevin Anderson dropped three spots to No. 11 after losing in the third round. Karen Khachanov and Fabio Fognini move up to No. 8 and No. 9 respectively, while Daniil Medvedev has been rewarded for a stellar season, making his top 10 debut.

Roberto Bautista Agut is up to his career-high ranking of No. 13 after reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final, rising nine places, while David Goffin is also back into the top 20 after making the quarter-finals. Fellow quarter-finalist Sam Querrey returns to the top 40, climbing 26 rungs on the rankings ladder, while young Frenchman Ugo Humbert cracks the top 50 for the first time after advancing to the fourth round.

The ATP World Tour returns briefly to European clay before players head over to North America for the hardcourt summer season, with 250 tournaments taking place in Umag and Bastad, while there’s also a grass 250 taking place in Newport. Fognini and Borna Coric headline Umag, John Isner leads the field in Newport and Fernando Verdasco is the highest-ranked player at No. 26 in Bastad.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday July 15


1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Roger Federer
4. Dominic Thiem
5. Alexander Zverev 
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas
7. Kei Nishikori
8. Karen Khachanov (+1)
9. Fabio Fognini (+1)
10. Daniil Medvedev (+3)
11. Kevin Anderson (-3)
12. Juan Martin del Potro (-1)
13. Roberto Bautista Agut (-9)
14. Borna Coric
15. John Isner (-3)
16. Nikoloz Basilashvili (+1)
17. Marin Cilic (+1)
18. David Goffin (+5)
19. Gael Monfils (-4)
20. Matteo Berrettini


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Latest ATP Rankings 15 July 2019 - Novak Djokovic remains clear No. 1 after historic Wimbledon title defence

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