Jannik Sinner and Novak Djokovic stay atop of the latest power rankings

Sinner has been dominant in 2024

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As we head towards the first Masters 1000 event of the season at Indian Wells, the tennis season is getting crazy. Champions, defaults, and shock exits, the last few weeks have had it all. Plus, we're only just getting started!

With two ATP 500s this past week in Acapulco and Dubai, a number of our top stars were in action. This gave the top ten a much-needed shake-up. But they may not be there for long with Indian Wells a great chance for players to make a move towards the top end of the list.

But before we get ahead of ourselves talking about Indian Wells, let's have a look at the latest Power Rankings. Which ATP stars fell or rose in the top ten? Here is a guess.

Power ranking the ATP top ten

1. Jannik Sinner (Previous Ranking - 1)

There isn't much new to say about Sinner. Two tournaments, two titles, top spot. The Italian will return to action at Indian Wells looking to make it three from three, but that could well be easier said than done. A strong performance, however, and he'll be in with a good chance of holding onto the top spot.

2. Novak Djokovic (Previous Ranking - 2)

We will finally see the Serb return this week in California, after an extended break following the defeat in Melbourne. A Five-time champion in Indian Wells, there aren't many that pose a stronger threat to Sinner, and Djokovic will no doubt be looking to get back on track with a first title of the season.

3. Daniil Medvedev (Previous Ranking - 3)

Medvedev missed his chance to push towards the top two with a Semi-final defeat to eventual champion Ugo Humbert in Dubai. Not an awful week for the Russian by any means, but he'll certainly be looking for more at Indian Wells, and with a strong track record on hard courts, there's no reason why he can't.

4. Carlos Alcaraz (Previous Ranking - 4)

The Spaniard's 2024 hasn't quite gone to plan so far. A few disappointing results and an injury in Rio has for the first time since his breakthrough, stopped people thinking about Alcaraz. That won't last long of course, as his appearance in the 'Netflix Slam', will no doubt get people talking, and as defending champion at Indian Wells, this could be a great opportunity to kickstart his season.

5. Alexander Zverev (Previous Ranking - 5)

The German's grip on fifth place in these rankings really says more about the blunders of those below him, than his own success. In fact, without that semi-final in Melbourne, Zverev could already be looking at the bottom half of the top ten. A horror exit in the first round of Acapulco would in any other case see him tumble down the order but he just about holds on to his place in the top five.

6. Andrey Rublev (Previous Ranking - 6)

Everyone loves Rublev, and for good reason. The Russian is a lovable character who wears his heart on his sleeve and has generated one of the strongest fanbases around because of it. What happened in Dubai, however, was not acceptable. Whether the line judge made the right call or not is somewhat irrelevant. Screaming in the face of a line judge is a bad look for the sport, and in my opinion, the default was more than justified.

The performances haven't been great recently either, and he will need to move past this with a strong performance in Indian Wells, or he'll be under real threat of falling further down the top ten.

7. Alex De Minaur (Previous Ranking - 9)

De Minaur picked up his first title of the season in Acapulco and definitely deserves to be this high in the rankings because of it. Bouncing back from his early exit in Los Cabos, the Australian dispatched two former Grand Slam finalists, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas, on his way to the Acapulco trophy. With the likes of Rublev and Zverev struggling ahead of him, a big week in Indian Wells is a huge opportunity for De Minaur to push into the top five.

8. Taylor Fritz (Previous Ranking - 7)

Fritz was disappointing in his first-round exit in Acapulco, which has seen him fall a place on the rankings. Coming off the back of a title in Delray Beach, it looked to be a great chance for the American, who let the opportunity slip through his fingers. There's no better place to bounce back than a home tournament, however, especially when you're a former champion.

9. Hubert Hurkacz (Previous Ranking - 8)

Hurkacz has been solid so far in 2024. A quarter-final exit in Dubai continued that trend; not entirely impressive, yet not embarrassing either. If the Pole wants to make a name for himself and push away from the bottom of the top ten, he'll need a statement week in California.

10. Casper Ruud (Previous Ranking - Unranked)

There were a few names that could've warranted this final spot in the top ten, but I've gone with Ruud. Runner-up in both Mexican tournaments, there are definitely signs of progress for the Norwegian. The likes of Grigor Dimitrov, Humbert, and Sebastian Baez are all having strong starts to the season however, so Ruud will need another good performance in Indian Wells or his stay in the top ten could well be short-lived.

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