Rafael Nadal still #1! Still king of clay!
Rafael Nadal retained the world No. 1 ranking in men’s tennis after defeating Roger Federer in four sets Sunday at the final of the French Open. It was his 10th Grand Slam title — a record-tying six of which have come at Roland Garros in Paris.
His close rival — Novak Djokovic pulled very close to taking over the top spot. Perhaps just as big a factor for Nadal came Friday when Federer became the first player this year to beat Djokovic, taking their semifinal in four sets. A win in that match would have locked up the No. 1 spot for Djokovic.
Nadal remains at 12,070 rankings points while Djokovic pulled within 45 points — the number of points Nadal is protecting at this week’s Queen’s Club tournament as the grass-court season begins.
Federer is third with 9,230 points while Andy Murray (6,625) is fourth and Robin Soderling (4,595) is fifth. The Top five players all advanced at least to the quarterfinals in Paris.