Rafael Nadal returns to the top of the world

Spaniard, Rafael Nadal has reclaimed the ATP top spot from Roger Federer, even though the 16-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t hit a ball since retiring from his Australian Open quarter final match in January.

The Spaniard begins his fifth stint as the world number one, replacing Federer who had held the spot since February 19.

Roger Federer failed to defend his 1000 points from the Miami Open as he was knocked out of the Masters event in the second round by Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis, allowing Nadal to move 100 points ahead without playing.

Fresh from winning the Miami Open, John Isner has equalled his best career ranking as he moved up to ninth on the standings, while finalist Alexander Zverev moved up to fourth.

Elsewhere, South Korea’s rising star Hyeon Chung continued his fine form backing up his breakthrough in January’s Australian Open by cracking the top 20 for the first time in his fledgling career.

ATP rankings at April 2(change in ranking in brackets):

1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 8.770 pts (+1)

2. Roger Federer (SUI) 8.670 (-1)

3. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4.985

4. Alexander Zverev (GER) 4.925 (+1)

5. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4.635 (-1)

6. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4.470

7. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3.665

8. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 3.390

9. John Isner (USA) 3.125 (+8)

10. David Goffin (BEL) 3.110 (-1)

11. Lucas Pouille (FRA) 2.410 (-1)

12. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2.395 (+7)

13. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2.310 (-1)

14. Sam Querrey (USA) 2.265

15. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2.220 (+1)

16. Jack Sock (USA) 2.200 (-5)

17. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2.175 (-2)

18. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2.140 (-5)

19. Hyeon Chung (KOR) 1.897 (+4)

20. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 1.840 (-2)

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