Rafael Nadal has held on to his position as world number one following his triumph in the French Open final on Sunday, as the new world rankings were released on Monday.
The Spaniard would have lost top spot to Serbian Novak Djokovic had he lost in the final at Roland Garros, but the 28-year-old fought back from a set down to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 to win the title for the ninth time.
This will be the 139th week the Mallorca-born player has spent at the summit of the rankings, and he remains ahead of Djokovic by just 170 points moving into the grass court season.
Nadal will have the opportunity to stretch his lead at Wimbledon, which begins on Monday June 23, as he will be looking to build on a surprising first round exit in 2013.
Djokovic would have returned to top spot for the first time since October 2013 if he had won his seventh Grand Slam, but it is likely that he will have to win Wimbledon to stand a chance of taking the place back before the end of the grass court season.
Britain’s Andy Murray is the week’s highest mover in the top ten, as his run to the semi-finals has seen him leapfrog David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro into fifth place, with his ranking points dramatically improving due to him not playing in the event last year.
The former world number two, who has recently appointed Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach, will not be able to improve his points score during the grass court season though, as he will be defending his titles at the Queen’s Club and Wimbledon.
World number four Roger Federer leads Murray by just over 100 points in fourth, and he will be looking to improve on a second round exit at SW19 last year to improve his points score.
Latvian Ernests Gulbis is a new entry in the top ten, as his own semi-final appearance in Paris, which included beating former champion Federer in the fourth round, has seen him rise seven places to tenth, dislodging American John Isner.
Gael Monfils of France and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain have also seen sizeable rises in their rankings, with Monfils’ run to the quarter-finals seeing him move up eight places to 20th and Garcia-Lopez has jumped ten places to 31st after reaching the fourth round.
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