Taylor Fritz
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The American Taylor Fritz (24) won the best title of his career by inflicting on Rafael Nadal his first defeat of 2022 in the final of Indian Wells.

American Taylor Fritz jumped 12 places in the ATP rankings published on Monday, reaching 8th place, the best ranking of his career, thanks to his victory 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in the final of the Indian Wells tournament against Rafael Nadal.

Without playing the Californian tournament, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, has recovered his throne as world No. 1, which occupied since February 28 Daniil Medvedev, down a step after his elimination in the 3rd round of the American Masters 1000.

On the third step, Rafael Nadal returned to the Top 3, at the expense of Alexander Zverev, who slipped to 4th place. The Spaniard’s defeat in the Indian Wells final was the first he suffered in 2022, having won successively in Melbourne, the Australian Open, and Acapulco.

Semi-finalist against him in California, his young compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, 18, often announced as the “future Nadal,” climbs four places to 15th place, the best career ranking.

The former semi-finalist in California, eliminated by future Olympian Taylor Fritz, Andrey Rublev, who plays like Daniil Medvedev under a neutral banner since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, gains a place and rises to 6th in the world, a notch behind the place he has already attained.

On the French side, Gaël Monfils, Medvedev’s faller in Indian Wells, then eliminated by Carlos Alcaraz in the 8th final, gained five places and reached the 23rd place in the world. Ugo Humbert slipped to 46th globally (-4), and Benoît Paire returned to the Top 50 (49th, +4).

The only Frenchman with Monfils to have passed one round and even two (eliminated by Jannik Sinner in the 3rd round) in California, Benjamin Bonzi gained 4 places, to 58th in the world.

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