Rankings watch: Will Djokovic stay No.1 on grass?

Published by Leigh Rogers

ONE TO BEAT: Novak Djokovic celebrates his Wimbledon victory in 2018; Getty Images
How many ranking points do the ATP’s top 30 players have to defend on grass in 2019? We crunch the numbers to find out.

Reigning Wimbledon champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic enters the 2019 grasscourt swing in a strong position.

The Serb has the pressure of 2300 ranking points to defend – but also has the added buffer of a 4770-point lead over No.2-ranked rival Rafael Nadal.

With Nadal defending semifinals points at Wimbledon and not entering any lead-in tournaments on grass, Djokovic’s hold on the No.1 ranking looks safe.

Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem, who was impacted by injury at Wimbledon last year, and world No.5 Alexander Zverev both have few points to defend on grass.

Kevin Anderson is in a much different situation. The South African is defending 1200 points after his sensational run to last year’s Wimbledon final – which equates to 33 per cent of his current ranking total. An elbow injury has restricted Anderson to only three tournaments so far this season, adding to the pressure he faces.

John Isner, who lost to Anderson in the longest Grand Slam semifinal in history, is also returning from an injury lay-off and facing a lot of ranking pressure. The American is defending 720 points – which is 26 per cent of his current total.

Rank Player Points defending % of points total
1 Novak Djokovic 2300 18%
2 Rafael Nadal 720 9%
3 Roger Federer 910 13%
4 Dominic Thiem 55 1%
5 Alexander Zverev 90 2%
6 Stefanos Tsitsipas 270 6%
7 Kei Nishikori 405 10%
8 Kevin Anderson 1200 33%
9 Karen Khachanov 270 9%
10 Fabio Fognini 90 3%
11 John Isner 720 26%
12 Juan Martin del Potro 360 13%
13 Daniil Medvedev 155 5%
14 Borna Coric 510 20%
15 Marin Cilic 545 22%
16 Gael Monfils 270 13%
17 Nikoloz Basilashvili 110 5%
18 Milos Raonic 555 28%
19 Stan Wawrinka 90 5%
20 Roberto Bautista Agut 180 10%
21 Felix Auger-Aliassime 0^ 0%
22 Guido Pella 135 9%
23 Diego Schwartzman 45 3%
24 Alex de Minaur 292 20%
25 Denis Shapovalov 90 6%
26 Lucas Pouille 135 10%
27 Laslo Djere 10^^ 0.7%
28 Benoit Paire 155 11%
29 Kyle Edmund 180 14%
30 Matteo Berrettini 67 5%

^ Auger-Aliassime competed in ATP Challenger claycourt events during last year’s grass court swing. He has 167 points to defend during this period.

^^ Wimbledon was the only grasscourt event that Djere played in 2018. He earned 155 points from ATP Challenger clay court tournaments during this period.

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