Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas on the rise in latest ATP Power Rankings

Latest power rankings after Casper Ruud's win in Barcelona.
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Following a big week of clay court action there has been more movement in our top ten. Some of the big names on the ATP tour are at risk of falling down the rankings, whilst a few names are really starting to find their form in 2024. Things are starting to shape up this year, and with the second clay-court Masters 1000 of the season coming up in Madrid next week, there could be even more changes on the horizon!

This past week saw tournaments in Barcelona, Munich, and Bucharest, with a whole host of our ATP stars in action. It was another fantastic week for Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud, who with back-to-back finals have quickly ascended the rankings. The top four took the week off for rest however, and we learned that we won't be seeing Novak Djokovic back in action until Rome at the earliest. Finally, we saw some action at the back end of the top ten that could see some familiar faces return.

With that being said, it's now time to take a look at our latest ATP Power Rankings. Did our inactive stars fall? Did Tsitsipas or Ruud break into the top five? Let's find out!

ATP Power Rankings as the Madrid Masters begins

1. Jannik Sinner (Previous Ranking - 1)

As with the rest of our top four, Sinner took a break this week to help prepare for the upcoming Madrid Masters. The Italian will enter a Master's 1000 event as the number one seed for the first time in his career, and you wouldn't be surprised to see him pick up his first Master's title on clay. Especially with a certain 24-time Major champion missing the tournament...

2. Novak Djokovic (Previous Ranking - 2)

The Serb had a solid week in Monte-Carlo and we were all anxiously anticipating his return to action in Madrid to see whether he could make a further step. Yet with Djokovic pulling out of the tournament, it seems as if Rome will be the 36-year-olds next destination. He'll likely be a strong contender in Italy, but it remains to be seen if he'll still be number two in our rankings when he next heads on to court.

3. Carlos Alcaraz (Previous Ranking - 3)

Alcaraz may have missed Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, but the buzz around his return to action in Madrid is unbelievable. The two-time defending champion has his home fans in a frenzy, and they will be hoping to see him make it a hat-trick of titles next week in Madrid. If he was able to bring home the trophy, it might well see him rise into the top two.

4. Daniil Medvedev (Previous Ranking - 4)

A week off for Medvedev, and there's not a whole lot more you can say. Expectations aren't crazy high, but you just never know what the Russian is going to be able to pull out the bag. Statistically his worst Master's 1000 event, having never reached the quarter-final stage in Madrid, it's going to be a tough ask for Medvedev in the Spanish capital. He may need to do something special, however, as the chasing pack is really starting to gather momentum.

5. Casper Ruud (Previous Ranking - 6)

Finally! Ruud has won a title above 250 level, and boy has it been a long time coming. Overcoming Stefanos Tsitsipas to take home the Barcelona title is the biggest win of Ruud's career and things are looking really strong for the Norwegian as the clay season starts to ramp up. These past two weeks have been fantastic for Ruud, and you have to imagine it's taken some toll on his body, but if he can overcome the fatigue and have another great week in Madrid, it would be hard to deny him a place in the top four.

6. Alexander Zverev (Previous Ranking - 5)

Zverev has had a solid season so far, but was only really worthy of a place in the top five, due to some pretty underwhelming seasons from those below him. That is no longer the case, and the German may well be looking over his shoulder rather than in front of him. A disappointing early defeat in Munich was a real missed opportunity for Zverev to pick up a first title of the season, but he'll be hoping to bounce back in Madrid, where he's won twice before.

7. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Previous Ranking - 8)

Another good week for the Greek and he's starting to look back to his best. He came up short against his Norwegian rival this time out, but reaching the final is still another solid performance, and enough to see him jump up another place in the rankings. A big week in Madrid and he could well find himself looking at a place in the top five.

8. Alex de Minaur (Previous Ranking - 7)

It's tough seeing De Minaur tumble down the rankings these past few weeks but his performances just haven't warranted being any higher on the list. The Australian hasn't had a truly impressive week since winning Acapulco, and with a lot to prove on clay, a second-round defeat to Arthur Fils in Barcelona didn't inspire me with confidence. He did come out on top against Rafael Nadal in his opener, however, and only time will tell just quite how well that victory will age.

9. Grigor Dimitrov (Previous Ranking - 9)

The Bulgarian was another to take last week off, and hopefully, it will have done him a world of good. Dimitrov has had a great 2024 so far, but without winning a trophy, it's hard to imagine him rising any higher than where he's at right now. However, if he was able to pick up a first clay title in over a decade in Madrid next week, he would make a serious jump in the rankings.

10. Hubert Hurkacz (Previous Ranking - 10)

Hurkacz holds on to the final spot in our top ten without even picking up a racket. There are a lot of names circling just below the Pole, however, and a strong week for any of them in Madrid could see Hurkacz back off the rankings. It's not out of the question that he could make a move in the opposite direction either, as his win in Estoril a few weeks back, proved that he's no slouch on the red stuff.

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