Alexander Zverev passes Rafael Nadal and is back to the No. 3 spot in the ATP rankings following his run at the Miami Open and reaching the quarterfinals beating Thanasi Kokkinakis. He will be officially at No. 3 next Monday.
Alexander Zverev beats Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-4 to reach the QFs in Miami against Casper Ruud.
Sascha passes Nadal and is back to #3 next Monday.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) March 29, 2022
21-times Grand Slam champion had passed the German to take the No. 3 spot due to his tremendous form throughout this tennis season where he was unbeaten until Taylor Fritz defeated him at the final to win the Indian Wells Masters 2022. The Spaniard is not playing at the ongoing tournament in Florida and is sidelined for 3-4 weeks following a foot injury.
Nadal, who kicked off his 2022 tennis season with a trophy in Melbourne, a historical Grand Slam in the Australian Open and the Mexican Open trophy while he reached the final of the BNP Paribas, is expected to be back until the French Open starts. The tournament, which is a favourite for the King of Clay, having won the most trophies at the Roland Garros counting to thirteen.
Meanwhile, the Tokyo Olympic gold medalist had a full chance to go on No. 2 but was withdrawn from the Mexican Open following his unsportsmanlike conduct. Zverev can still have a chance to take advantage of the absence of Nadal as he faces Casper Ruud next at the ATP Masters 1000 event tomorrow.