The busiest quarter of the 2023 ATP calendar began with the European clay-court swing and ended final week at Wimbledon. With half the yr within the books, the Pepperstone ATP Dwell Race To Turin is beginning to take form, with Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev main the hunt for the Nitto ATP Finals.
Earlier than the North American hard-court swing takes middle stage subsequent month in Toronto and Cincinnati, ATPTour.com seems to be again on the very best of the second quarter.
No. 1 Alcaraz wins Wimbledon crown
Alcaraz began and concluded the second quarter in supreme model, ending the interval with trophies and rising on the opposite facet atop the Pepperstone ATP rankings.
For the second consecutive yr, Alcaraz achieved a Spanish double in Barcelona and on the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid, dropping simply two units in 11 wins. A shock outing in Rome – shortly after his twentieth birthday – was adopted by a semi-final at Roland Garros, which ended by the hands of Djokovic because the Spaniard suffered from cramps.
It is a signal of the large development in Alcaraz’s sport – and the expectations positioned upon it – that the defeat was framed as a disappointment for the pre-tournament favorite. However that feeling was rapidly forgotten when the Spaniard posted an ideal 12-0 file on grass at Queen’s Membership and Wimbledon.
Having performed solely two grass occasions in his life earlier than this yr, Alcaraz have proven their adaptability amid fast growth on British lawns. His maiden title on grass at Queen’s noticed him reclaim world No. 1, and he retained his standing atop Pepperstone’s ATP rankings in a Wimbledon closing towards Djokovic.
Alcaraz’s 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 victory ended the Serb’s four-year title run on the All England Membership. The Spaniard now leads the nascent Lexus ATP Head2Head rivalry 2-1.
Torino is ready for you! @carlosalcaraz
– ATP Tour (@atptour) July 19, 2023
Djokovic is alone along with his twenty third main title
Djokovic compiled a 5-3 pedestrian file in his first three clay-court occasions of 2023, his finest quarter-final end on the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome. However he as soon as once more confirmed his skill to achieve major-tournament heights at Roland Garros, the place he dropped two units en path to his twenty third Grand Slam title – a determine that eclipsed the absentee Rafael Nadal because the all-time chief for the lads’s singles main crowns.
After defeating Alcaraz in a four-set semi-final, Djokovic received his third Roland Garros title by beating Casper Ruud within the title spherical. It was Ruud’s third closing within the final 5 majors.
Like Djokovic, the Norwegian additionally had an inconsistent clay-court marketing campaign forward of Roland Garros, along with his solely spotlight coming within the semi-finals in Rome. However defending his second-to-major factors, Ruud held regular at No. 4 in Pepperstone’s ATP rankings.
Medvedev slides to success on clay
Lengthy identified for his tough relationship with the clay courts, Medvedev turned over a brand new leaf by successful his first title on the floor in Could. He got here on a historic stage on the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome, the place the world No. 3 beat Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Holger Rune to say the crown, together with similar 7-5, 7-5 triumphs over Tsitsipas and Rune within the closing two rounds.
Medvedev received two video games every in Monte Carlo and Madrid earlier than his success in Rome, though he was knocked out within the first spherical of Roland Garros by Thiago Seyboth Wild. He made up for that by getting his finest consequence ever at Wimbledon, a semi-final that was stopped by Alcaraz.
Alcaraz and Medvedev completed the second quarter with the 2 finest match information this season on the ATP Tour, Alcaraz at 47-4 and Medvedev at 46-9.
Rublev wins the primary ATP Masters 1000
Rublev began Q2 with a bang, successful his first ATP Masters 1000 title with a robust efficiency on the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. The 25-year-old did it the onerous means with three High 15 wins, capped by a 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 closing win over Rune.
He then reached the ultimate in Banja Luka (clay) and Halle (grass), then certified for his first quarter-final at Wimbledon, the place he was crushed by Djokovic.
Rune exhibits consistency to achieve a brand new profession excessive
Rune began his season on clay by reaching the ultimate in Monte Carlo and defending his title in Munich, then reached a brand new profession excessive on the Pepperstone ATP rating of No. 6 by reaching the ultimate in Rome.
Displaying exceptional consistency on the largest occasions on the ATP Tour calendar, he then certified for the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, the semi-finals at Queen’s Membership and his first quarter-final at Wimbledon. Courting from Monte Carlo, Rune has reached at the very least the quarters in six of the seven occasions.
Krajicek debuts as #1 in doubles after Roland Garros triumph
Austin Krajicek was on the high of the world and on the Pepperstone ATP Double rating, after successful his first Grand Slam title with Ivan Dodig at Roland Garros. The American-Croatian duo additionally received Monte Carlo to open the swing on clay, and so they adopted their triumph at Roland Garros with one other title at Queen’s Membership. Their 13-game successful streak was snapped by Croatia’s Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic within the Eastbourne closing.
Dutchman Wesley Koolhof and Britain’s Neal Skupski completed Q2 as world No. 1 after successful their first main title at Wimbledon. The pair reached the highest spot final November.