Andrey Rublev Tops Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in Latest ATP Rankings After US Open 2021 R2 Win

Published 09/03/2021, 7:17 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 16, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his quarter final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


Fans became quite disappointed after Rafael Nadal withdrew from the US Open 2021. The Spaniard is currently suffering from a foot injury and even decided to end his 2021 season with immediate effect. Surprisingly, there is some more bad news coming for his fans.

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After registering his recent victory over Spain’s Pedro Martinez, Russia’s Andrey Rublev has gone above Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem in the latest live ATP rankings. He is now the fifth-best player in the world and Nadal and Thiem are the new No.6 and No.7 players respectively.

Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Andrey Rublev (RUS) celebrates winning his semifinal match against Daniil Medvedev (RUS not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

As of now, Nadal is the World No.5 player with 8,240 points while Thiem is at the sixth spot with 6,995 points. However, both of them will lose 2,000 points once the US Open 2021 gets over. That brings their future points to 6, 240 and 4,995 respectively.

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On the other hand, Rublev is right now at seventh position with 6,400 points. Even though he is yet defend his previous points, he still has 6,130 points- making him the new World No.5 player. Interestingly, he can achieve a total of 8,040 points if he wins the title in New York.

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Rafael Nadal in the 2021 tennis season

Nadal hasn’t had a great season this year. The 20-time Grand Slam champion failed to win any Grand Slam title this year and missed two majors and the Tokyo Olympics 2020 due to an injury.

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Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Even though Rafa bagged an ATP 500 title and a Masters 1000 trophy, he failed to win any title on grass or hard court. None the less, he settled himself with his 12th Barcelona Open title and later achieved his La Decima at the Italian Open 2021.

Fans hope that Rafael Nadal recovers soon and becomes fully fit to compete in the 2022 tennis season. He is 36 and thus, it will be intriguing to see how he manages to play against the players who are almost half of his age now. Will he be able to end this year within the top 10 players?

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