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Latest ATP Rankings 20 May 2019 - Rafael Nadal stays at No. 2 after winning record 34th Masters 1000 title in Rome

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 20 May 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Nadal remains at No. 2 after beating No. 1 Djokovic for Rome Masters title
  • Schwartzman back into top 20 after semi-final run
  • Tsitsipas up to career-high No. 6
Rafael Nadal (PA Images)

Rafael Nadal stays at No. 2 in the world but has built up some invaluable momentum heading into Roland Garros after beating Novak Djokovic to claim his ninth Rome Masters title on Sunday.

Arriving in Rome without a title for the first time since 2004 after three consecutive semi-final defeats in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid, Nadal put together a dominant week in the Italian city, advancing to the final without dropping a set before registering a fairly one-sided 6-0 4-6 6-1 victory over Djokovic.

It was the first time in 142 sets between the pair that one had posted a ‘bagel’ 6-0 set over the other, with Nadal taking advantage of a clearly fatigued Djokovic, who had played back-to-back late-night three-setters against Argentines Juan Martin del Potro and Diego Schwartzman to make the final.

Nadal also breaks a tie with Djokovic and moves ahead to claim a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title in what was his 50th final at that level.

"What means most to me is this trophy," Nadal said. "Rome is one of the most important tournaments of the year. [It's a big] part of the history of our sport. To be able to win here again is the main thing."

Despite the win and defending his Rome title, Nadal doesn’t accumulate any ranking points as he won the silverware last year.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal (PA Images)
The Spaniard also can’t gain any points at the upcoming French Open, with Djokovic currently enjoying a 4,410-point lead at the top of the rankings.

Djokovic had won nine of their last 11 meetings, including a crushing victory in the Australian Open final in January, but he was no match for Nadal in Rome.

"I'm really glad that I managed to get into the third set, considering the first set where I was blown away from the court. Obviously third set was not much different from the first," Djokovic said. "I was just running out of fuel a little bit today. Just kind of missed that half a step, especially on the backhand side. He used it very well. He's been playing some terrific tennis throughout the entire week. He was just too strong today."

In other significant ranking movements this week, Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his rapid rise, climbing one spot to a career-high No. 6 after reaching the semi-finals, while Marin Cilic’s slide down the rankings also continues, with the Croatian dropping three places to No. 13.

Diego Schwartzman is back into the top 20 after moving up four rungs on the rankings ladder with his semi-final finish in Rome, while Fernando Verdasco returns to the top 30 at No. 26 courtesy of his quarter-final run.

Most of the top players have taken this week off as the prepare for the French Open, but No. 5 Alexander - who is desperate to regain some form - is competing in Geneva, while No. 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili leads the field in Lyon.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday May 20


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


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Latest ATP Rankings 20 May 2019 - Rafael Nadal stays at No. 2 after winning record 34th Masters 1000 title in Rome

Rafael Nadal stays at No. 2 in the world but has built up some invaluable momentum heading into Roland Garros after beating Novak Djokovic to claim his ninth Rome Masters title on Sunday.

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