Fearsome Holger Rune cracks top 10, Felix Auger-Aliassime at career peak, Alexander Zverev crashes

Holger Rune in action Credit: Alamy

Holger Rune in action Credit: Alamy

Holger Rune’s maiden ATP Masters 1000 title saw him climb eight places in the ATP rankings while injured Alexander Zverev dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2017.

Just a week after hitting the top 20 for the first time, the teenager Rune sits at No. 10 after a truly remarkable few months on the ATP Tour’s end-of-season indoor swing.

He started October by finishing second at the Sofia Open before upsetting top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Stockholm Open final to win the second title of his career and the 2022 campaign.

Then he finished second to Felix Auger-Aliassime at the ATP 500 Swiss Indoors before the stunning 21-time Grand Slam winner and defending champion Novak Djokovic in three sets in the Paris Masters final on Sunday.

After starting the year at No. 103, Rune now sits at No. 10.

“I didn’t expect it at all four or five weeks ago, but now I’m here,” he said. “I’m super happy with how I officially ended my season, and if there are maybe more games, I’m just super excited for that.”

He is the first man from Denmark to reach the top 10 with Caroline Wozniacki topping the overall standings as she reached No. 1 in the women’s rankings, and he hopes it will give tennis a boost in the Scandinavian country.

“I hope that will change. It has already changed a bit since I entered the top 30,” he said. “There’s more focus on tennis in Denmark in general. Obviously we had Wozniacki, but I’m kind of the first male player on the tour. That’s good. You know, more focus in Danish tennis, that’s Great.

Auger-Aliassime is the other hot player on the ATP Tour as he won three consecutive titles but was denied the chance to play in a fourth consecutive final by Rune, who beat him in the semi-finals.

There was some consolation for the Canadian as he moved up two places to No.6 while Djokovic slips down a spot after failing to defend his title at Paris-Bercy.

The biggest loser in recent months has been Zverev, the German staying out after suffering a serious ankle injury in the French Open semi-finals in June.

Zverev missed his Cincinnati Masters and Vienna Open title defense, while he was also unable to defend points in the US Open and Paris Masters semi-finals .

As a result, he fell to No. 12 – his lowest positions since 2017. He’s poised for another drop as he won’t be defending his ATP Finals title next week.

Further down the list, Cameron Norrie remains Britain’s No.1 as he sits at No.14 with Daniel Evans the second-best at No.27 while Jack Draper moved to No.41 after reaching the second round in Paris . Andy Murray sits at No. 46.

Top 20 of the ATP ranking

1. Carlos Alcaraz Spain 6,820 points
2. Rafael Nadal Spain 5,820
3. Stefanos Tsitsipas Greece 5,350
4. Casper Ruud Norway 5,020
5. Daniel Medvedev – 4,065
6. Felix Auger-Aliassime Canada 3,995
7. Andrei Rublev – 3,530
8. Novak Djokovic Serbia 3,320
9. Taylor Fritz United States 2,955
10. Holger Rune Denmark 2,911
11. Hubert Hurkacz Poland 2,905
12. Alexander Zverev Germany 2,700
13. Pablo Carreno Busta Spain 2,495
14. Cameron Norrie Great Britain 2,445
15. Jannik Sinner Italy 2,410
16. Matteo Berrettini Italy 2,375
17. Denis Shapovalov Canada 2,225
18. Marin Cilic Croatia 2 105
19. Frances Tiafoe USA 2,090
20. Karen Khachanov – 1,990

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