Alexander Zverev behind Roger Federer in new ‘absurd’ ranking system

Alexander Zverev behind Roger Federer in new 'absurd' ranking system

The ATP, which runs the men’s tour, froze the rankings last year during the five-month shutdown of professional tournaments with countries imposing border locks and seals to verify the spread of the new coronavirus.

When the tour restarted in August, a revised system was put in place to calculate rankings, which determine the ability of players to participate in events and receive rankings.

“The ranking doesn’t really matter, especially with the system we have now,” Zverev, seventh, told reporters ahead of this week’s ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco, Mexico.

“I should be in the top four, the top five in the world right now in the normal ranking system. But the ranking system we have now is a bit absurd.”

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Alexander Zverev during his match against Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2021.

Federer, who only returned to the Doha tour last week, has been a big beneficiary of the new system with the 20-time Grand Slam winner placed sixth despite a long break due to double knee surgeries last year .

“I’m Roger Federer’s biggest fan but he hasn’t played for a year and he’s ahead of me in the standings,” said Zverev, 23. “I played a Grand Slam final, a Masters 1000 final, won two tournaments.

“Right now the filing system is so messy that you don’t need to pay attention to it.”

Leaderboards traditionally operate on the basis of the “best 18” results over 52 weeks, but the system has been changed to cover a 22-month period from March 2019 to December 2020 to allow players to skip events in the midst of the pandemic.

The revised rankings calculation system has been extended this month to the week of August 9, and ATP anticipates that the traditional process with points falling on a 52-week basis will restart thereafter.

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