“A Mess”: Alexander Zverev Slams ATP Rankings After Dropping Below Roger Federer

Published 03/15/2021, 2:33 AM EDT
Alexander Zverev of Germany congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland on victory follwing their singles match on day three of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

German tennis star Alexander Zverev has lashed out at the frozen ranking system, calling it “a mess”Taking umbrage at how the players are currently placed by the ATP in singles, the tall German said he doesn’t understand how he is below Roger Federer in the standings despite reaching the finals of a Grand Slam and a Masters event last year.

Zverev has placed a spot below Roger Federer in the ATP rankings

The twenty-time Grand Slam champion is currently at sixth, a spot above Zverev, in the singles rankings.


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Zverev reached the final of the US Open last year, only to go down to Austrian current World Number 4 Dominic Thiem in the championship clash. The tie was deadlocked at two sets all before the Austrian edged out the German in a nerve-jangling tie-breaker in the deciding set.


Zverev was also in sight of lifting the prestigious Rolex Paris Masters title last year but lost the final to Russian World Number 2 Daniil Medvedev.

Zverev says he has no clue how Federer is placed above despite not playing for a year

Federer underwent a second knee surgery after making a semifinal exit at last year’s Australian Open and skipped all the tennis action thereafter to give himself more time for recovery.

Also missing this year’s action at Melbourne Park, he eventually marked his comeback after a 14-month absence at ATP Doha.

“I’m Roger Federer’s biggest fan, but he hasn’t played in a year and is above me in the rankings,” Zverev said, questioning the standings. The German currently has 5635 ranking points to Federer’s 6375.

(Quotes have been translated with Google Translate)

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With the rankings frozen since last year, the Swiss player didn’t lose out on ranking points despite missing the bulk of the action last season.


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The decision to freeze the rankings was taken in the light of bulk event cancellations and player pullouts last year for fear of COVID-19.

The argument put forward was that the players, especially those outside the Top-100, shouldn’t lose out on a chance to compete in Grand Slams or other marquee events because of cancellations or non-participation in tournaments for fear of catching COVID.


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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.