INDEX – SPORTS – Once again, the 19-year-old prodigy sits on the throne of the world

One of the successful matches of the season was serious bets for both players, as the 19-year-old Spaniard – the defending champion in the US Open – could regain the top spot in the world rankings from Novak Djokovic with his success, while the Russian, who would be the Grand Slam champion, could in New York in 2021, to extend it to 20 unbeaten streak. This year, Alcaraz has already won in Buenos Aires and was a finalist in Rio de Janeiro – this year he was 1/13 – and led the rankings from September 12 last year to January 29 this year, but since then Novak, who He set a record for the number of weeks spent at the top, which was ruled by Djokovic. Medvedev recently lost in the third round of the Australian Open, and has since been victorious in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai.

In the head-to-head balancing act as they prepare for their first final in California, the Moscow tennis player fared better, defeating Alcaraz in their only match so far at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

In the California desert, the young man from Murcia started even better, leading 3: 0, while Medvedev made a lot of mistakes, hit little from the first serve and, apparently, was even more annoyed by the gusty wind. Since he did not even reach a break point, Alcaraz swept the first set and, in the continuation, taking advantage of his opponent’s weakness, got a double break advantage (4: 0). The Russian still combined two jumps, but had no chance of turning, and a student of Juan Carlos Ferrero, world number one and GS champion, finished the match after 1 hour 10 minutes. In Indian Wells, a new men’s champion was crowned for the fifth time in a row.

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Heatstroke went naturally to the Spanish miracle:

Marton Vosovic improved by ten places

Eighth finalist in Indian Wells Marton Vosovic has improved ten places and ranks 74th in the world ranking of men’s tennis players. The Hungarian MVP won 3 games in California, thus earning 80 points.

Fábián Marozsán, who won the Challenger Championship in Antalya just over a week ago and was a finalist in Székesfehérvár, has advanced 35 places and is already in the top 130. The 23-year-old showed the biggest jump into the top 150 of the ATP rankings.

With his victory, the 19-year-old Alcaraz overtook Novak Djokovic at the top of the list. The Serbian classic claimed his 22nd Grand Slam title in Australia, but the Spanish tennis player didn’t start in Melbourne due to injury. The 35-year-old Djokovic was forced to miss Indian Wells due to his lack of vaccinations and cannot take part in the match in Miami starting Wednesday. In Florida, Alcaraz started as the defending champion.

Rafael Nadal, the 22-time GS champion who missed the US Championships due to injury, is not in the top 10 for the first time since April 2005 (!).

List of men’s tennis world rankings (based on ATP website, latest ranking in parentheses):

1. (2.) Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) 7420 points
2- (1) Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 7160
3. (3) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greek) 5770
4. (4.) Casper Road (Norway) 5560
5. (6.) Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 4330
6. (10) Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canadian) 3415
7- (7) Andrei Rublev (in Russian) 3390
8. (8.) Holger Rohn (Danish) 3325
9- (11.) Hubert Hurkacz (Poland) 3065
10- (5.) Taylor Fritz (USA) 2975
11. (13) Yannick Sener (Italian) 2925
12. (12.) Cameron Norrie (UK) 2815
(9.) Rafael Nadal (Spain) 2715
14. (16) Frances Tiafoe (American) 2710
15- (14) Alexander Zverev (Germany) 2580
… 74. (84) Martin Vosovich 832
… 128. (163.) Fabian Marzan 453
… 185. (179) Perros Zumbor 318

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In the field of women, Galfi is the best Hungarian

Indian Wells winner Jelena Rybakina rose to 7th in the WTA rankings as Dalma Galfi emerged as the best Hungarian for the first time.

The Kazakh player improved three spots to a career high, and he’s no better because he didn’t get a single point instead of the 2,000 points for winning Wimbledon last year – due to bans from Russia and Belarus. Finalist Aryna Zapalenka in California remained in second place, and Poland’s Iga Swiatek is still in the lead by a large margin.

The 24-year-old Galfi changed places with Ana Bondar and, as No. 79, is now the best Hungarian. Both will compete in the Miami Super Bowl this week.

Women’s Tennis World Ranking (based on WTA website, previous ranking in parentheses):

1. (1) Ega Swiatek (Poland) 9975 points
2. (2.) Arina Zapalenka (Belarus) 6740
3. (3) Jessica Pegula (USA) 5605
4. (5.) Caroline Garcia (France) 4990
5. (4) Ounce Al-Dhabeer (Tunisia) 4976
6. (6.) Coco Jove (American) 4401
7. (10.) Yelena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) 3720
8. (8.) Daria Kasatkina (Russian) 3375
9- (9) Belinda Bencic (Swiss) 3360
10- (7.) Maria Zachary (Greek) 3191
11. (11.) Veronika Kugermetova (Russian) 2470
12- (15.) Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 2377
13- (16.) Barbora Krejkova (Czech Republic) 2324
14. (13.) Beatriz Haddad Maya (Brazil) 2276
15. (12.) Lyudmila Samsonova (Russian) 2191
… 79. (80) Delma Galvi 774
… 80. (79) Anna Bondar 767
… 91. (86) Udvardi Pana 713
… 130. (131) Rica Jani 519


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(Cover photo by Carlos Alcaraz March 19, 2023. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)