Alcaraz and Nadal put Spain 1-2 in the ATP ranking

Number one Carlos Alcaraz and number two Rafael Nadal are the first compatriots to lead the ATP ranking in 22 years.

And the two Spaniards are the first non-American men to appear 1-2 since the tour debuted computerized rankings in 1973.

Alcaraz, 19, rose to the top after winning the US Open. It was his first Grand Slam title, making him the youngest man ever to be world number one.

Nadal, 36, has amassed 209 weeks at the top of the rankings and holds the record for the most Grand Slam titles, with 22. The most recent two were at the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June. Nadal climbed from the third rung to the second, swapping places with Norwegian Casper Ruud, a recent US Open finalist.

The last time that players from the same country captured the first two places in the ATP ranking was in August 2000, when the Americans Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras achieved it.

“Proud to share this historic moment with @RafaelNadal, the best player of all time!” Alcaraz wrote on Twitter.

The other novelty in the Top 10 of the ATP was the departure of the Italian Jannik Sinner, from 10 to 12. This allowed the Polish Hubert Hurkacz to advance one place to tenth, and the American Taylor Fritz rose to eleventh.

In the women’s ranking, Poland’s Iga Swiatek remains at the top, where she has been since taking over from Ash Barty following the Australian’s retirement in April. She is followed by the Tunisian Ons Jabeur, the Estonian Anett Kontaveit and the Spanish Paula Badosa — the last two exchanged places.

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