How The Alcaraz-Djokovic Blockbuster Can Decide World No. 1
The tantalising Roland Garros semi-final showdown between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic will have more than a place in the final on the line. The match could decide who leaves Paris as World No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
If Alcaraz defeats Djokovic, he will guarantee his standing as World No. 1 on 12 June. If Djokovic wins, he will be one win from a record-setting 23rd major title and a return to World No. 1 next Monday.
A lot can swing on the result of the semi-final blockbuster. Alcaraz can block Djokovic’s path to reclaiming No. 1 and also take a commanding lead himself.
Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings (as of 6 June)
|1) Carlos Alcaraz||7,175||8,455|
|2) Novak Djokovic||6,315||7,595|
|3) Daniil Medvedev||6,100||-|
|4) Stefanos Tsitsipas||4,920||-|
|5) Holger Rune*||4,375||6,015|
|6) Casper Ruud*||4,120||5,760|
If Alcaraz wins Roland Garros, he will leave Paris with a 2,140-point lead over Djokovic. If Djokovic claims his third Coupe des Mousquetaires, he will lead the Spaniard by 420 points. That is a potential 2,560-point swing.
No player on the other half of the draw has an opportunity to ascend to World No. 1, but Holger Rune and Casper Ruud, who are No. 5 and No. 6 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, respectively, have a chance to move up. The quarter-final opponents both can climb as high as World No. 4 by the end of the tournament.
Alcaraz can climb to first by reaching the final in Paris and Djokovic can do so by winning the title.