Roger Federer is back on the heels of Rafael Nadal at the top of the world tennis hierarchy, according to the ATP ranking published Monday the day after the victory of the Swiss in the final of the Australian Open against Marin Cilic who wins three places and goes on the podium.
Now holding the staggering 20 Grand Slam titles after retaining Melbourne, Federer, 36, has returned to 155 ATP points from his great Spanish rival who dropped out in the Australian quarter-finals where he defended the points of a final.
At the age of 29, Cilic achieved his best ranking by taking 3rd place Grigor Dimitrov (4th), who was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the first 2018 Grand Slam tournament.
Alexander Zverev, eliminated in the 16th, and Dominic Thiem, beaten in the 8th, are also the expense of the Croatian progression and lose a place each respectively to the 5th and 6th ranks.
British Kyle Edmund and South Korean Chung Hyeon, revelations of the Australian Open where they reached the semi-finals, for the first time include the Top 30: Edmund at 26th (+23) and Chung at 29th (+ 29).
Released from his relative anonymity during the Australian fortnight both by his performances on the court and by his extrasportives statements, the American Tennys Sandgren jumped 42 places to 55th rank after reaching the quarterfinals in Melbourne.
Novak Djokovic, beaten in the 8th, progressed one place (13th), while Stan Wawrinka dipped in 15th (-7) after his elimination in the 2nd lap.
ATP ranking at January 29
- Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9760 pts
- Roger Federer (SUI) 9605
- Marin Cilic (CRO) 4960 (+3)
- Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4630 (-1)
- Alexander Zverev (GER) 4610 (-1)
- Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4060 (-1)
- David Goffin (BEL) 3460
- Jack Sock (USA) 2880 (+1)
- Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 2815 (+1)
- Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2705 (+1)
- Kevin Anderson (RSA) 2620 (+1)
- Sam Querrey (USA) 2490 (+1)
- Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2470 (+1)
- Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 2395 (+3)
- Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 2385 (-7)
- Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2320 (+4)
- Lucas Pouille (FRA) 2235 (+1)
- John Isner (USA) 2230 (-2)
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2050 (-4)
- Andy Murray (GBR) 1960 (-1)