Ahead of the draw for the US Open on Thursday, Novak Djokovic jumped to second in the men’s tennis rankings after outlasting world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz to win the Cincinnati Open.
In his last warm-up event for the season’s final major, Djokovic took some revenge on Sunday on the 20-year-old Spaniard who won their final at Wimbledon on July 17.
Djokovic fell a set behind but fought back to win 5-7, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/4) on his fifth match point and after 3 hours 49 minutes.
Djokovic took second in the rankings released yesterday from Daniil Medvedev, who was eliminated in the last 16 by Alexander Zverev.
The Serbian also cut Alcaraz’s lead atop the rankings to 20 points.