Who is the current world No. 1 in men’s tennis? Updated ATP rankings and explainer

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The mantle of world number one in tennis is something every player aspires for but few ever achieve. 

When it comes to men’s singles, only a handful of names have held top spot over the past two decades.

But a new generation of talent is coming through with new players pushing their way up the rankings.

Who is the current men’s world No. 1?

Novak Djokovic remains as world no.1 with closest challenge Daniil Medvedev currently sidelined.

Djokovic has increased his lead atop the rankings by taking out the Italian Open on May 15.

The Serbian star is now 680 points clear of Medvedev heading into the French Open.

ATP men’s singles world rankings

Ranking Change Name Points
1 Novak Djokovic 8,660
2 Daniil Medvedev 7,980
3 Alexander Zverev 7,200
4 +1 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6,170
5 -1 Rafael Nadal 5,525
6 Carlos Alcaraz 4,770
7 Andrey Rublev 3,945
8 +2 Casper Ruud 3,940
9 Felix Auger-Aliassime 3,850
10 -2 Matteo Berrettini 3,805

*Updated May 16, 2022

How do tennis world rankings work?

Tennis world rankings are calculated by the ATP, who award points based on a player’s performance at particular tournaments.

The further a player progresses in a sanctioned event, the more points they will be awarded.

Grand slams provide the most points with 2000 awarded to the winner and 1200 to the runner-up.

Points picked up from each tournament last for one year with rankings updated each week.

When are tennis world rankings updated?

Both the ATP and WTA update their rankings every Monday when tournaments aren’t running.

So in general you can expect weekly updates aside from when Grand Slams are being competed.

Where is Roger Federer ranked now? 

For many years Swiss maestro Roger Federer reigned supreme as the best men’s tennis player.

In total, he spent 310 weeks as world number one and holds the record for most consecutve weeks in top spot with 237.

Now aged 40 and battling injuries, Federer finds himself ranked 46th in the world with just 1,030 ATP points.

Federer made it to the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2021 but hasn’t managed to play a Grand Slam since.

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