‘I am amazed Andrey Rublev hasn’t climbed the ATP rankings’ – Denis Shapovalov gives views on current system

Denis Shapovalov says the ATP rankings systems come with both positives and negatives for players, but he feels for Andrey Rublev.

Rublev has spoken of his frustration that he has has remained at world number eight despite a sparkling run of form lately.

Indeed, the Russian would be ranked at world number three – above Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem – in the old rankings system.

In the current system, though, which is designed to protect players in the coronavirus pandemic, he is ranked lower than Roger Federer, who has only played two tournaments in 14 months.

“There’s obviously always going to be positives and negatives in the ranking systems,” Shapovalov said. “And it’s difficult to climb because players are not losing points.

“But at the end of the day, it’s what they decide and we kind of have to go out there and do it. So I don’t know, I haven’t thought about it too much.

“In one sense it is good for me, because I have semis in Miami so if I lose early, I think I only lose 50% of the points or whatever.”

“On the other side, of course, it’s really tough to climb. Like I was always amazed like Rublev has won like 25 500s and he hasn’t been able to climb so much.

“So one side says it’s good that you’re not dropping but on the other sense, like you said, it’s difficult to climb so I’m not really sure.

“But again, I’m not involved in it. And I don’t know what other options they really had.”

Former US Open finalist and top Amazon Prime analyst Greg Rusedski, meanwhile, has advocated a tweak to the ATP rakings system, saying pre-Covid points should protect tournament entry only, not actual rankings.

“[It should be] easy to manage,” Rusedski said.

“As new ranking system to protect for Covid -19 should be for entry and other should be the real ranking were Rublev should be number four (or higher) in the world with his results over the 52 weeks.”

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