The calendar Grand Slam dream did not come true for Novak Djokovic.
But when one player’s door shuts, it opens for the other and Daniil Medvedev now has his maiden Grand Slam tournament title in his pocket.
As for the No. 1 ranking, he’s about 1,400 behind Djokovic – which is more than he was before the US Open began.
There were plenty of other super moves during the fortnight of an exceptionally exciting tournament.
The biggest thing is that the 2019 US Open points have finally dropped off, giving the rankings a more realistic look.
ON THE UPSWING
Andrey Rublev (RUS): No. 7 =======> No. 5 (A career high and a debut in the top five for Rublev, even though he was shocked in the third round.)
Casper Ruud (NOR): No. 11 =======> No. 10 (Ruud lost in the second round and actually dropped a few points. But he still was able to move into the top 10 for the first time in his career).
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN): No. 15 =======> No. 11 (A first major semi, and a career high for Auger-Aliassime, who is less than 100 points out of the top 10 and about 200 points out of a slot at the ATP Tour Finals. He also is now the No. 1 player in Canada, some 58 points higher than Denis Shapovalov).
Jannik Sinner (ITA): No. 16 =======> No. 14 (The 20-year-old Italian made the fourth round in New York and rises to a new career high).
Reilly Opelka (USA): No. 24 =======> No. 19 (Into the top 20 for the first time after making the second week in New York).
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP): No. 55 =======> No. 38 (His body said no más in his quarterfinal against Félix Auger-Aliassime. But the 18-year-old is now in the top 40, at a career best).
Pedro Martinez (ESP): No. 75 =======> No. 59 (A career high for the 24-year-old Spaniard, after making the second round in New York – and then winning the Seville Challenger the second week of the Open).
Botic van de Zandschulp (NED): No. 117 =======> No. 62 (From the qualifying to the quarterfinals, the previously fairly obscure – except to diehards – Dutchman finds himself at a career high, and with a new path to his career).
Benjamin Bonzi (FRA): No. 94 =======> No. 76 (The 25-year-old, who was the top seed, lost in the second round of the qualifying in New York. But he raced back home and won a Challenger in Saint-Tropez that first week of the Open. And then he won a second one in Cassis. That’s called maximizing).
Jenson Brooksby (USA): No. 99 =======> No. 81 (The 20-year-old maximized a wild card and got to the fourth round in New York, rising to yet another career high).
Peter Gojowczyk (GER): No. 141 =======> No. 101 (The 32-year-old German qualified and made the fourth round of the main draw in New York. And with a little work he won’t have to worry about qualifying for the next Slam in January).
Jack Sock (USA): No. 184 =======> No. 164 (He’s slowly climbing back up, and made the third round where he blew away Alexander Zverev for a set – only to eventually succumb to a leg injury).
Alexis Galarneau (CAN): No. 418 =======> No. 370 (The Canadian had a busy two weeks in France – He qualified in Saint-Tropez and lost in the second round. And then he was a lucky loser in Cassis, beat Bernard Tomic, and lost in the second round. But all of that resulted in a rise of nearly 50 spots, and a career high).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Rafael Nadal (ESP): No. 5 =======> No. 6 (He’s on crutches. But missing the major and dropping the 2,000 points really didn’t make a dent in his ranking).
Denis Shapovalov (CAN): No. 10 =======> No. 12 (He drops a little after his third-round loss – and cedes the Canadian top spot to Auger-Aliassime. But he’s within easy striking distance of that group).
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP): No. 12 =======> No. 16 (Maybe a bit of an Olympic hangover, but the 2020 semifinalist lost in the first round, and drops 675 points).
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL): No. 18 =======> No. 29 (There isn’t much in Dimitrov’s results that tells you he’s on the verge of a major renaissance. And so, after a second-round loss, he drops 11 spots. He has never been the same since contracting COVID in the summer of 2020).
Stan Wawrinka (SUI): No. 33 =======> No. 49 (Will he be back soon? Hard to know. But his quarterfinal points from 2019 drop off, and he’s just a hair from falling out of the top 50).
Borna Coric (CRO): No. 35 =======> No. 51 (Coric’s absence hasn’t really been that evident in the rankings because of the COVID rules. But his quarterfinal from 2019 is gone, and he’s out of the top 50).
Vasek Pospisil (CAN): No. 58 =======> No. 65 (A second-round loss in New York, after an impressive five-set win over Fabio Fognini, means a net loss).
Jordan Thompson (AUS): No. 59 =======> No. 75 (Thompson made the second round of the US Open this year – but the fourth round a year ago).
Pablo Andujar (ESP): No. 74 =======> No. 94 (The veteran loses 20 spots, even though he reached the third round in New York, and then the quarterfinals of the Seville Challenger the second week. His situation is similar to Majchrzak, below. He made the final of Prostejov in 2020, and the second week of the 2019 US Open. And all those points fell off).
Kamil Majchrzak (POL): No. 114 =======> No. 139 (The Polish player qualified in New York, and made the semis of a Challenger the second week. But that wasn’t enough to defend what he had on the docket. He won a big Challenger in Prostejov the second week of the 2020 US Open this year. And in 2019, he qualified and reached the third round in New York. And so he drops 25 spots in the rankings. Doesn’t seem fair. But who said life was fair?)
J.J. Wolf (USA): No. 157 =======> No. 178 (Wolf lost in the second round of the qualifying, and drops his points from making the third round of the 2020 tournament as a wild card).
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA): No. 187 =======> No. 234 (The 39-year-old lost in the second round of the US Open qualifying and, from what we read, called it a dedicated, rock-solid career).
Hyeon Chung (KOR): No. 216 =======> No. 280 (The Korean, now 25, has been very under the radar lately because of injury. He hasn’t played since the qualifying of the 2020 fall edition of Roland Garros. But he drops a ton because the points from his 2019 US Open effort – he qualified and reached the third round – are finally gone).