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Before the 2023 Indian Wells tournament started, there was more on the line than just a possible title for some players. And in the case of Carlos Alcaraz, while yes, it was an opportunity to win his third Masters 1000 title, there was something extra on the horizon too. If you’ve been following the ATP rankings closely, you may have seen that he could retake the number 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic if he won the title. Of course, after beating Daniil Medvedev yesterday, that’s exactly what he’s done.
By winning the Indian Wells event yesterday, Alcaraz has now moved on to 8 ATP titles in total, with three of these being Masters 1000 tournaments. Additionally, he has a Grand Slam trophy in his locker too, which he achieved by winning the 2022 US Open. Now I don’t know about you – but I consider that to be a fairly strong CV for a 19-year-old! And needless to say, this title only advances the hype surrounding Carlos Alcaraz right now.
Furthermore, the guy won the tournament without even losing a set. So based on that alone, you’d have to assume that he is in a different league than many guys on the ATP Tour right now. Then again, while he has taken the number 1 ranking, he now has a target on his back, and guys like Novak Djokovic will be desperate to knock him off that perch.
Therefore, let me run through some finer details of Alcaraz’s new position at the top of the tree to see how things look going forward.
Alcaraz Number 1 Ranking – The Teenager Back on Top
Following the most recent rankings updates released today, there are two huge stories for Spanish players. Rafael Nadal has fallen out of the top 10 while Carlos Alcaraz has taken the top spot. For me, this shift signifies a bit of a changing of the guard for both Spanish tennis and men’s tennis in general. As for the other details related to Alcaraz’s number 1 ranking, let me share some major talking points now.
Second Time Reaching the Number 1 Ranking
With Carlos Alcaraz officially taking back the top spot, this marks his second time reaching such a milestone. For those who can’t remember, he became the world number 1 when he beat Casper Ruud for the US Open title in September 2022. He also finished as the youngest year-end number-one ever that season.
Points Total vs Novak Djokovic
As you’ll probably be aware, the ATP rankings are based on points earned through the many ATP-sanctioned events each year. These points operate on a 12-month rolling basis, which brings us to the most recent release. After winning Indian Wells, Alcaraz now has 7,420 points, As for his nearest rival and world number 2, Novak Djokovic – he has 7,160 points.
Challenges in the Near Future
Alcaraz doesn’t have too long to celebrate his new ranking. I say this because he won the Miami Open in 2022, so he must win the title next week to keep his current point total. In contrast, Djokovic has zero points to defend. So if Alcaraz slips up in Miami, the number 1 ranking could well go back to Novak Djokovic.