Thanks to the fall of Spanish Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 of the ATP 500 in Washington, Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas will surpass him in the ranking and will be the first of his nationality to become number three in the world.
Despite not having the best results in recent tournaments (first round at Wimbledon, quarterfinals in Hamburg and round of 16 at the Tokyo Olympics), the one born in Athens 22 years ago, seven times champion in the maximum circuit, will have its premiere in the Top 3.
This movement of positions is co-indexed with the performance shown in the previous months, when the current 193cm resident of Monaco, trained by his father, Apostolos, entered the decisive round at Roland Garros, when he lost in five sets to the unbeatable Novak Djokovic. In addition, he had previously been consecrated in Monte-Carlo and Lyon, and succumbed in the final of Acapulco and Madrid.
The season record is highly favorable for Tsitsipas, who registers 42 wins (23 in brick dust) and 12 losses and leads Djokovic by four wins as the top match winner in 2021.
For its part, the southpaw manacorí will leave the Top 3 for the first time since May 29, 2017, four years and two months ago, when that place was occupied by the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.