It was another fortnight to remember for Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park as he not only retained his Australian Open crown, but also regained top spot in the ATP Rankings.
Djokovic beat Dominic Thiem in five sets on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday to win the season-opening major for an eighth time, and the result also saw him replace Rafael Nadal as world No 1.
Nadal finished runner-up to the Serb in last year’s final, but he fell at the quarter-final stage to Thiem and now finds himself 325 adrift of first place.
This week marks Djokovic’s 276th week at the top of the rankings with only Roger Federer (310) and Pete Sampras (286) ahead of him.
“That’s one of the two biggest goals, for sure. I mean, there is no secret in that,” Djokovic said after winning Melbourne.
Federer remains third while Thiem is up one place to fourth with US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev down to fifth while Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut drops out of the top 10.
Nick Kyrgios was a big mover as he climbed six places up to No 20 in the world on the back of his run to the last 16 at the Australian Open.
Dan Evans remains the British No 1, but he dropped two places to No 34 after his second-round exit in Melbourne while Cameron Norrie is up one place to No 61 with Kyle Edmund three places below him.
Top 20 ATP Rankings
1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 9,720 pts (+1)
2. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 9,395 (-1)
3. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 7,130
4. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 7,045 (+1)
5. Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 5,960 (-1)
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) 4,745
7. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 3,885
8. Matteo Berrettini (Italy) 2,905
9. Gael Monfils (France) 2,700 (+1)
10. David Goffin (Belgium) 2,555 (+1)
11. Fabio Fognini (Italy) 2,400 (+1)
12. Roberto Bautista (Spain) 2,360 (-3)
13. Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) 2,360 (+2)
14. Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) 2,220
15. Andrey Rublev (Russia) 2,174 (+1)
16. Denis Shapovalov (Canada) 2,120 (-3)
17. Karen Khachanov (Russia) 1,995
18. John Isner (United States) 1,940 (+1)
19. Benoit Paire (France) 1,738 (+2)
20. Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 1,690 (+6)
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