Novak Djokovic Extends Lead at Top of ATP Rankings Despite Skipping Madrid Masters

Djokovic extends record ATP reign despite skipping Madrid, raising concerns about his form and preparation for upcoming Grand Slams.

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Novak Djokovic Extends Lead at Top of ATP Rankings Despite Skipping Madrid Masters

Novak Djokovic Extends Lead at Top of ATP Rankings Despite Skipping Madrid Masters

Novak Djokovic, the world's top-ranked tennis player, has extended his lead at the top of the ATP rankings for a record 422nd week, despite skipping the Madrid Masters tournament. Djokovic currently has 9,990 points and a commanding 1,330-point advantage over second-placed Jannik Sinner.

The 36-year-old Serbian star has not won a title this season and has only played in four tournaments so far. Djokovic's decision to withdraw from the Madrid Open, where he has won three titles in the past, has raised concerns about his lack of match practice and title-less season. While Djokovic has been vocal about his strategy of focusing on Grand Slams and giving attention to his body, his recent results have not been as favorable, with no finals appearances in the tournaments he has played this year.

Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick has suggested that Djokovic needs to play more matches before the French Open in May. "I don't know if it's due to his schedule or if there's something going on that we don't know about, but this is a little bit eye-opening," Roddick said.

Despite the concerns, Djokovic has maintained his position as the world's top-ranked player, breaking the record for the longest duration at the top spot at 422 weeks. This marks Djokovic's continued dominance in the men's professional tennis circuit, solidifying his status as one of the greatest players of all time.

Why this matters: Djokovic's extended absence from tournaments and lack of titles this season have sparked discussions about his form and preparation for upcoming Grand Slams. As one of the most dominant players in tennis history, Djokovic's performance and decisions have a significant impact on the sport and its fans worldwide.

Meanwhile, veteran Rafael Nadal will continue his comeback from injury at the Madrid Open, where he will face 16-year-old American Darwin Blanch in the first round. Reigning champion and second seed Carlos Alcaraz is also expected to play in Madrid, hoping to be fully fit after a forearm problem. Sinner, the world No. 2, will be the top seed in Djokovic's absence at the tournament.

Key Takeaways

  • Djokovic extends record to 422 weeks as world #1 despite skipping Madrid.
  • Djokovic has not won a title this season and lacks match practice.
  • Roddick suggests Djokovic needs to play more matches before French Open.
  • Nadal and Alcaraz to compete at Madrid Open in Djokovic's absence.
  • Sinner becomes top seed at Madrid Open with Djokovic's withdrawal.