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Roger Federer back to third after Alexander Zverev’s Munich knockout, Naomi Osaka retain top spot

Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slams, is making his return to clay at the Madrid Open this week after three years’ absence.

tennis Updated: May 06, 2019 15:31 IST
Agence France-Presse
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Roger Federer, of Switzerland returns to John Isner, during the singles final of the Miami Open.
Roger Federer, of Switzerland returns to John Isner, during the singles final of the Miami Open.(AP)
         

Former world number one Roger Federer has returned to third in the ATP rankings released Monday, replacing Alexander Zverev after the reigning champion was knocked out of the Munich Open at the quarter-finals stage.

Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slams, is making his return to clay at the Madrid Open this week after three years’ absence.

Elsewhere Stefanos Tsitsipas takes ninth spot from American John Isner following the Greek’s victory at the Estoril Open.

Novak Djokovic remains first ahead of Rafael Nadal to mark the Serb’s 250th week as world number one, a record only bettered on four occasions in the past.

Osaka on top

Japan’s Naomi Osaka remained atop of WTA rankings released Monday, ahead of Czech Petra Kvitova and Romanian Simona Halep.

The largely unchanged top 20 saw Belgian Elise Mertens drop two places to 20th after being knocked out of the first round of the Madrid Open on Sunday by Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, 103rd in the world.