Rafa up to No.1, Muguruza ascends

Published by Matt Trollope

Rafael Nadal becomes the world No.1 for the first time in three years; Getty Images
Rafael Nadal has officially taken over top spot on the ATP rankings while Garbine Muguruza has returned to the world’s top three.

On Monday, with the release of the latest ATP rankings, Rafael Nadal was confirmed as the game’s new world No.1.

The change at the top comes nine months after the last shift, when Andy Murray supplanted Novak Djokovic atop the tree after winning the ATP Finals in London.

Murray slips to world No.2, barely ahead of the third-ranked Federer.

It’s the first time Nadal has been at the summit since July 2014.

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On the women’s side, Garbine Muguruza jumped three spots to No.3 following her victory in Cincinnati.

She traded places with Angelique Kerber, who dropped three places to No.6 after failing to defend her Cincinnati final points from 2016.

It’s similarly tight at the top, with world No.2 Simona Halep trailing top-ranked Karolina Pliskova by just five points.

ATP rankings – 21 August 2017

Player Points Change
1 Rafael Nadal 7645 +1
2 Andy Murray 7150 -1
3 Roger Federer 7145
4 Stan Wawrinka 5690
5 Novak Djokovic 5325
6 Alexander Zverev 4470 +1
7 Marin Cilic 4155 -1
8 Dominic Thiem 4030
9 Grigor Dimitrov 3710 +2
10 Kei Nishikori 3195 -1
11 Milos Raonic 2870 -1
12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2690

WTA rankings – 21 August 2017

Player Points Change
1 Karolina Pliskova 6390
2 Simona Halep 6385
3 Garbine Muguruza 5860 +3
4 Elina Svitolina 5650
5 Caroline Wozniacki 5350
6 Angelique Kerber 5146 -3
7 Johanna Konta 4750
8 Svetlana Kuznetsova 4410
9 Venus Williams 4216
10 Agnieszka Radwanska 3855
11 Dominika Cibulkova 3580
12 Jelena Ostapenko 3436
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