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João Sousa falls again in the ATP ranking led by Novak Djokovic

Despite his absence from the Masters 1,000 in Paris, Novak Djokovic, 33, equaled American Pete Sampras’ record, as he will end the season at the top of the world ranking for the sixth time. The Serbian is also the oldest tennis player to finish the season in the lead.

With the title won on Sunday at the Masters 1,000 in Paris, Daniil Medvedev, 24, overtook Swiss Roger Federer, 39, who dropped to fifth, and equaled his best career ranking, achieved in September 2019.

João Sousa, 31, who in the previous update of the list had gone down four places, is 90th, the worst position since the last week of August 2013, when he was in 95th, just one month from the historic triumph in the Kuala Lumpur tournament, which took him to the ‘top 50’ world.

Defeated in the Paris final, German Alexander Zverev, 23, maintained seventh place in the ATP hierarchy, but is now 1,606 points ahead of eighth, Russian Andrey Rublev, also 23.

If in the ‘top 10’ the only change was the overtaking of Daniil Medvedev to Roger Federer, in the ‘top 20’ the highlight goes to the three-place climb of Canadian Milos Raonic (14th), 29, after the presence in the semi-finals in Paris.

The only event this week is the ATP 250 tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, which will feature only one member of the ‘top 20’, Canadian 21-year-old Denis Shapovalov, who is still in 12th place on the ATP table.

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