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How Djokovic And Alcaraz Can Both Be No. 1 After Cincy

There is an outside chance that both Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz could both have the same amount of total ATP rankings points after the Western & Southern Cincinnati Open.

If Alcaraz loses at the Cincy Open quarterfinal round and Djokovic in the final of Cincy, they’ll both have a total of 9,395 points on Monday, August 21.

So how would the rankings tiebreaker be broken, you ask? Well, Novak Djokovic would regain the ATP world no. 1 rankings because he would have more points from Grand Slam, World Tour Finals and mandatory Masters 1000s than Alcaraz – 8,080 to 7,665.

It’s unlikely this scenario will play out in Ohio this week but stranger things have happened in pro tennis.

Alcaraz, the top seed in Cincinnati opens his title quest vs the winner of John Isner and Jordan Thompson.

Djokovic, the no. 2 seed, will play his first match at the Western & Southern against the winner of Alejandro Fokina Davidovich and Tomas Martin Echeverry.

Djokovic has won the title in Cincinnati in 2020 and 2018.

(Ranking point research by Yolita Tennis on Instagram.)

Djokovic and Alcaraz oil paintings by Ted Dimond, see more of his work at

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