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Nadal reclaims top spot in ATP rankings, Federer slips

Madrid: Spain's Rafael Nadal returned to the top spot in the men's Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday while Switzerland's Roger Federer came in second.

Federer lost his world number one ranking after Borna Coric of Croatia ended the Swiss' 20-match unbeaten streak on grass by claiming a 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-2 victory at the Halle Open on Sunday, reports Efe.

After he won the Queen's Club title over Serbia's Novak Djokovic, Croatia's Marin Cilic climbed to the fifth spot, ahead of Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Austria's Dominic Thiem respectively.

Further down the rankings, Djokovic jumped five places to the 17th despite his Sunday's 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 loss to Cilic.

The Swiss international began his grasscourt season on a high in 2018, when he ended up winning the Mercedes Cup 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.

However, The King of Clay had an exceptional time at Roland-Garros, where he went unbeaten to clinch his 11th French Open Title. Spain's Raging Bull looked at his best and dropped just one set in all of his matches against Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinal match, ultimately edging past Del Potro in the semifinal to meet 7th seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final, where he won 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to grab the coveted trophy. This enabled him to start his 177th week at the numero uno position, leading Federer by 100 points.

The Swiss Maestro briefly interrupted Nadal at the top yet again after his triumph against Nick Kyrgios in the semifinal of Mercedes Cup 2018, setting him up against Milos Raonic for the summit clash at Stuttgart. Federer also finished things off in style as he eased past Raonic 6-4, 7-6(3) in a closely contested battle in the final. The recent loss Borna Coric of Croatia made Federer lose 200 points as he was the defending champion of the Gerry Weber Open, making him lose the top spot to

Nadal. Agencies

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