Djokovic tightens grip on rankings

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return during the men's singles quarterfinal match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tennis tournament in Roquebrune Cap Martin, France, April 19, 2019. Daniil Medvedev won 2-1. Xinhua/Nicolas Marie

PARIS (AFP) – Novak Djokovic tightened his grip on the ATP tennis rankings Monday following his win in the Madrid Open.

The Serbian world number one widened his lead over Spaniard Rafael Nadal who was dumped out of the Madrid tournament by young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the semi-finals.

Tsitsipas lost the final to Djokovic but eased two places up the rankings to seventh on the strength of his recent show of form.

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Dominic Thiem of Austria, winner of the Barcelona Open, moved into fourth place after his elimination from the Madrid semi-finals. He is one sport behind Roger Federer, his quarter-final victim in Madrid.

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