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Latest ATP Rankings 9 September 2019 - Nadal makes up ground on No. 1 Djokovic; Medvedev rises into top four

  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Nadal edging closer to Djokovic at No. 1 after winning 19th major title
  • Medvedev into top four with runner-up finish
  • Berrettini makes top 15 debut after making U.S. Open semi-finals
Rafael Nadal (PA Images)

Rafael Nadal has closed the gap on World No. 1 Novak Djokovic after winning his 19th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, while runner-up Daniil Medvedev rises into the top four for the first time.

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Nadal overcame Medvedev in a U.S. Open final for the ages on Sunday, withstanding a brilliant comeback from the Russian to emerge triumphant 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in four hours and 49 minutes.

The victory propels Nadal to 19 major titles and just one shy of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20, giving the Spaniard the chance to equal the mark at next year’s Australian Open and perhaps surpass it at Roland Garros.

"The last three hours of the match were very, very intense," Nadal said. "Very tough mentally and physically, too. The crowd has been as always amazing, all these facts that make the moment super special. 
“It was an unforgettable moment. At the same time Daniil created this moment, too. The way that he fought, the way that he played, he is a champion. Just well done for him. I really believe that he will have many more chances.
"The way that the match became very dramatic at the end, that makes this day unforgettable, part of my history of this sport. I'm just very happy. This trophy means everything to me today."

Nadal is the only man to win five Grand Slam titles after turning 30 and ended the decade at Flushing Meadows the same way he started it after claiming his first U.S. Open title in 2010.

Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev (PA Images)
The 33-year-old is now just 640 points behind Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking, while Nadal also increases his lead over Djokovic to 1,960 points in the ATP Race to London as he looks to claim the year-end No. 1 ranking for the fifth time.

Meanwhile, it was an absolutely incredible summer of tennis for Medvedev, who backed up his runner-up finishes in Washington and Canada Masters and first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati by reaching his maiden major final at the U.S. Open.

The 23-year-old produced a phenomenal comeback to force a fifth set and had break points to claim an early lead in the decider, but Nadal ultimately came up trumps on the big points. Medvedev continues his swift rise and leapfrogs Dominic Thiem to debut in the top four courtesy of his run to the final.

“It's an amazing story. All this summer is amazing for me. I will remember every moment of it. I have a really good memory if we talk about tennis. I'll definitely remember it even when I'm 70 years old,” Medvedev said.

There are plenty of other significant movements for others in the rankings, with Italian powerhouse Matteo Berrettini rising 12 places to a career-high No. 13 after making his first major semi-final in New York.

Quarter-finalists Diego Schwartzman and Stan Wawrinka both climbed back into the top 20, while semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov jumps a whopping 53 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 25. 

Elsewhere, last year’s runner-up Juan Martin del Potro tumbled 55 spots to No. 71 after injury denied him the chance to defend his points. Dominik Koepfer also makes his top 100 debut after coming all the way from qualifying to make the fourth round in New York, rising to No. 86.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday September 9


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


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Latest ATP Rankings 9 September 2019 - Nadal makes up ground on No. 1 Djokovic; Medvedev rises into top four

Rafael Nadal has closed the gap on World No. 1 Novak Djokovic after winning his 19th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, while runner-up Daniil Medvedev rises into the top four for the first time.

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