Rafael Nadal reclaimed the ATP world number one ranking from Roger Federer on Monday despite having not competed since the 2018 Australian Open. The Spaniard returned to the top of the rankings, beginning his fifth stint as the number one, replacing Federer who had held the spot since February 19.
Defending champion Federer failed to defend his 1000 points from the Miami Open as he was knocked out of the Masters event in the second round by the returning Thanasi Kokkinakis, allowing Nadal to move 100 points ahead without playing.
The United States’ John Isner beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final pushing the big-serving American into the top 10 at number eight, while the 20-year-old moved himself into a career high number four. Elsewhere, South Korea’s Hyeon Chung continued his fine form backing up his breakthrough in January’s Australian Open by cracking the top 20 for the first time in his career.
Moving in the opposite direction, Britain’s former number one Andy Murray – who announced his return to the tour recently – slid as far back as number 30.