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“I Would Be No.4”: Andrey Rublev Agrees With Alexander Zverev, Slams ATP’s Revised Ranking System

Andrey Rublev

The ATP uses one of the most sophisticated formulas to determine the rankings of its players. However, German professional Alexander Zverev recently called it a mess. Now, World No. 8 Andrey Rublev has chosen his side on this subject.

Last year, the ATP froze the ranking points to combat the ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak. Although it was supposed to help the less-ranked players, it direly affected the top ranks too.

For instance, the 23-year-old German reached the US Open and the Paris Masters final in 2020. Comparatively, Roger Federer reached the Australian Open semifinals, the only tournament he played in the calendar year.

Still, the Swiss maestro is ranked sixth in the ATP rankings, whereas Sascha is ranked seventh. Similarly, Andrey Rublev has had an incredible last season but remains in the lower half of the Top 10. On whether he agrees with Alexander Zverev, the Russian responded the following.

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Andrey Rublev agrees with Alexander Zverev’s ATP Rankings criticism.

“If we had the normal system, I would be #4 in the world,” Rublev said. “So what do you think is better for me, to be #8 or #4? With the system we have now, for me, it’s much tougher to be #4, so here’s the answer.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas with Andrey Rublev
Tennis – ATP 500 – Rotterdam Open – Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas with Russia’s Andrey Rublev after their semi-final match REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

As of 15th March 2021, he has won the ATP Cup with Russia, reached the Australian Open quarterfinals, won the Rotterdam Open, and has reached the Qatar Open semifinals. It earned Rublev 1,260 points, putting him third in the Race to Turin 2021. But due to the ranking points frozen, he hasn’t moved anywhere in the Singles ranking since last year.

However, if things run smoothly throughout the year, the ranking system will return to its systematic course by 2022.

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Unlike Rublev and Sascha, Medvedev and Tsitsipas soar up in rankings.

While some players faced a disadvantage due to the updated rankings system, some created history in the sport. Particularly, Russian Daniil Medvedev entered the Top 2 in ATP rankings, breaking the big four’s reign of 16 years.

Apart from the Russian, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas regained his career-high ranking after overtaking the Swiss maestro of World No. 5. In time, the system will fall into place, and the shortcomings of the update will fade away. Do you agree or disagree with Zverev’s comments on the ATP rankings?

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