Federer knocking on No 1’s door, Hyeon races up the rankings
Roger Federer’s 20th Grand Slam title has moved him into contention for the world No 1 ranking with the Swiss player just 155 points behind Rafael Nadal.
Federer claimed the season-opening Grand Slam title in Melbourne on Sunday, beating Maric Cilic in a five-set thriller.
The points for the Grand Slam win, 2000, mean he is now right on Nadal’s heals.
With the Spaniard out injured, facing a three-week layoff for a Grade 1 injury to his iliopsoas, Federer could yet make further inroads.
However, the biggest winner from the Australian Open, at least in the rankings, was Chung Hyeon.
The Korean player rose from 58th to 29th with his semi-final berth.
“I really want a place in the top 10 now,” he said upon arriving back in Korea.
“I‘m setting my sights on something high and going after it.
“Tennis isn’t a popular sport here right now but I want it to become popular.”
ATP top 30
1. Rafael Nadal 9760 points
2. Roger Federer 9605
3. Marin Cilic 4960
4. Grigor Dimitrov 4630
5. Alexander Zverev 4610
6. Dominic Thiem 4060
7. David Goffin 3460
8. Jack Sock 2880
9. Juan Martin Del Potro 2815
10. Pablo Carreno Busta 2705
11. Kevin Anderson 2620
12. Sam Querrey 2490
13. Novak Djokovic 2470
14. Nick Kyrgios 2395
15. Stan Wawrinka 2385
16. Tomas Berdych 2320
17. Lucas Pouille 2235
18. John Isner 2230
19. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2050
20. Andy Murray 1960
21. Albert Ramos-Vinolas 1925
22. Fabio Fognini 1850
23. Roberto Bautista Agut 1845
24. Diego Schwartzman 1810
25. Adrian Mannarino 1705
26. Kyle Edmund 1667
27. Kei Nishikori 1555
28. Gilles Muller 1535
29. Chung Hyeon 1472
30. Damir Dzumhur 1471
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