World No 1 status could be settled on Friday evening in New York
The identity of the next World No 1 could be revealed by the end of play on Friday at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.
With Casper Ruud facing Karen Khachanov on Friday afternoon and Carlos Alcaraz taking on Frances Tiafoe on Centre Court in the evening in the US Open’s men’s singles semi-finals, three scenarios would see a new World No 1 settled on the night.
The first scenario is that both Ruud and Alcaraz lose and Rafael Nadal then becomes the new World No 1.
A Khachanov vs Tiafoe final would not have an impact on the ATP Rankings summit.
If either or both of Ruud and Alcaraz win their matches then Nadal will fall out of the running for the World No 1 ranking.
If Ruud or Alcaraz reach the US Open final and the other man does not then they will have clinched the World No 1 Status ahead of Sunday’s final.
However, if both Ruud and Alcaraz progress to the final then the result of that match will determine who takes over from Daniil Medvedev on Monday.
Alcaraz would be the youngest World No 1 in ATP Rankings history, while Ruud could become the Norwegian to accomplish the feat.
Ruud would be contesting his second Grand Slam final after reaching the Championship match at Roland Garros only to be blown away by Nadal.
The 23-year-old from Norway has belief that he could be the next player to join the illustrious ranks of Grand Slam winners.
“When you look at the Champions’ Wall in the locker room here, you see there are many different players who have won this tournament,” Ruud said.
“This is a Grand Slam the last 18 or 19 years that had more winners than the rest of them, because I’m not sure why, but there is something special I guess with this place.
“It shows that it’s possible to do it here in New York. It’s sort of a city of dreams, and I guess that’s helping me with my game and my motivation.”
Alcaraz has been handed a rotten schedule for the US Open playing two very late matches in the second week.
He says that the crowd gave hime energy but it remains to be seen if he finds Arthur Ashe stadium as supportive when he faces a home hero.
“The energy I received on this court at 3 a.m., it was unbelievable,” the No 3 said in his post-match press conference.
“Probably in other tournaments, other places, everybody [would go] to their house to rest. But they [stayed] in the court, supporting me. It was unbelievable.
“I feel great to be in my first semifinal in a Grand Slam. I feel better reaching the semifinals here at the US Open. This tournament is amazing. The crowd is amazing, I would say the best in the world.”
Coco Gauff breaks through another prize money barrier with latest win in China
Coco Gauff is second on the prize money list in the women’s game in 2023.
WATCH: Agonising default in Shanghai as ball smashes into umpire at high speed
Polmans his out-of-control swipe had desperate consequences as he smashed the ball at the chair umpire and was given an instant default.
Australian Open chiefs announce huge schedule change for first Grand Slam of 2024
The new Sunday start will see an increase in the number of sessions across the three arenas from 47 to 52.
Will Novak Djokovic play until 2028 if his Olympic dream is shattered in Paris?
Will Novak Djokovic play at the 2028 Olympics?
Why did Ryder Cup hero Rory McIlroy break up with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki?
Rory McIlroy broke up with Caroline Wozniacki just as they started making wedding plans in 2014.
Coco Gauff gets fired up to prove her haters wrong again
Coco Gauff thrives on proving the haters wrong.
Iga Swiatek backs WTA in contentious performance bye rule change
Iga Swiatek feels that the performance byes are a good thing.
Jannik Sinner not at 100 per cent while Carlos Alcaraz has ‘extra confidence’ ahead of Beijing showdown
Carlos Alcaraz has ‘extra confidence’ as he prepares to face Jannik Sinner.
Carlos Alcaraz’s comments reveal killer mindset as he beats Casper Ruud in China
Carlos Alcaraz suggested he sent a big psychological message to Casper Ruud early in their match in China.
Former Wimbledon champion on why Carlos Alcaraz is no match for Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are battling to claim the year-end No 1 ranking on the ATP Tour.