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Latest ATP Rankings 8 April 2019: Novak Djokovic leads the way into clay court season

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  • Djokovic holds a lead of over 2,500 points at No. 1 heading into clay swing
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Novak Djokovic holds a commanding lead at the top of the ATP rankings as the official start of the clay court season quickly approaches.

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While there have already been numerous ATP World Tour events on clay this season during the traditional ‘Golden Swing’ in South America during the month of February, the hustle and bustle of the European clay-court season is about to get underway after 250 tournaments in Marrakech (Africa’s only ATP event) and Houston this week.

Djokovic, who currently enjoys a 2,375 lead over No. 2 Rafael Nadal, began to return to his dominant best during the European clay swing last season, making the semi-finals of Rome and the quarter-finals of Roland Garros before going on to become the first player in history to launch himself from outside the top 20 to No. 1 in the same season, on the back of winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

The Serbian’s poor start to the season last year means he has a great chance to accumulate more ranking points at the likes of the Monte-Carlo and Madrid Masters, both of which he either lost early or didn’t compete at in 2018.

Nadal meanwhile is defending a truckload of points, with over 60 per cent of his current 8,725 ranking points coming on European clay courts. As a result, the Spaniard will have his work cut out to chase down Djokovic at the top of the rankings on clay - and he will be under pressure from the likes of No. 3 Alexander Zverev and No. 4 Roger Federer.

In particular, Federer will be looking to make some major inroads up the rankings on the dirt, with the Swiss featuring during the clay court season for the first time since the 2016 season and planning to play Madrid and Roland Garros for the first time since 2015.

Dominic Thiem, the World No. 5 and the only man to beat Nadal on clay in the past two seasons, brings a lot of confidence into the clay swing after taking out Federer to win his first Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells. A French Open and Madrid Masters runner-up last season, is it time for Thiem to capture a significant title on the European dirt?

And we can’t forget about the youngsters, who will be eager to make an impression on the red clay, led by No. 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas, along with the likes of Canadian stars Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, who will be determined to build on their respective runs to the Miami Masters semis last month.

There are two events taking place on clay this week on the ATP World Tour: the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, Morocco and the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, USA. World No. 3 Alexander Zverev leads the field in Marrakech, while defending champion Steve Johnson is the top seed in Houston.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday April 8


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


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