The Australian Open 2024 will offer the first Slam title of the season, but also the 1st spot in the ATP rankingnow led by Novak Djokovic. However, the Serbian tennis player will have to look over one’s shoulder from Carlos Alcaraz’s assault.
The Serbian and the Spaniard experienced a completely different approach to the Happy Slam Nole participated in the United Cup, while Carlitos, after some exhibition events, concentrated on physical preparation and will return to play an official tournament directly in the Happy Slam.
Djokovic suffered wrist problems and appeared in great difficulty in the match he lost against Alex de Minaur. His condition will be assessed during the first training session he will carry out tomorrow afternoon in Melbourne.
The Spaniard missed the first part of the 2023 season due to a muscle injury and will have the opportunity to collect many points in Melbourne. However, it must be underlined that fate still remains in the hands of the Serbian champion.
In fact, if Djokovic were to defend the title he won last year, regardless of the result Alcaraz achieves, he would have the certainty of confirming himself as ATP No.1 even after the Australian Slam. To at least have a chance, Alcaraz will first have the obligation to reach the quarter-finals.
In case he fails to get past the 4th round, he will in no way be able to overtake Djokovic. The same result, considering that they will respectively occupy the top and bottom part of the main draw, would instead allow Djokovic to extend his reign .
A hypothetical final between the two would automatically put the 1st position in the world ranking up for grabs. Taking into account the new distribution of points in tournaments, here are all the possible scenarios based on the results that Djokovic and Alcaraz will achieve.
Novak Djokovic (11,055)
1st T: 9,065
2nd T: 9.105
3rd T: 9,155
4th T: 9,255
Carlos Alcaraz (8,855)
1st T: 8,865
2nd T: 8,905
3rd T: 8,955
4th T: 9,055