Roger Federer became the world’s number one ranked male tennis player in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday. It is for the fifth time in his career despite not playing since March.
Federer returns to the top spot even though he has not played since March and will be giving the entire clay court season, including French Open, a miss for the second consecutive year.
ATP rankings as of May 14
1. Roger Federer (SUI) 8,670 pts (+1)
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9,950 (-1)
3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 6,015
4. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4,870
5. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4,770
According to reports, Rafael Nadal changed the model of his racket shortly before his first French Open title in 2005 and has stuck with it ever since.
Former No. 1 Novak Djokovic slipped six places to 18th after his second round defeat in Madrid, his lowest ranking since October 2006.
Madrid Open winner Alexander Zverev remains in third, but the man he beat in Sunday’s final, Dominic Thiem, dropped a place to eighth despite knocking out Nadal on his way to facing Zverev.