Alexander Zverev behind Roger Federer in ‘absurd’ new rating system

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The ATP, which runs the boys’s tour, froze the rankings final yr in the course of the five-month shutdown {of professional} tournaments with nations imposing lockdown and sealing borders to verify the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

When the tour restarted in August a revised system was put in place for calculating the rankings, which decide a gamers’ potential to enter occasions and obtain seedings.

“The ranking doesn’t really matter, especially with the system that we have now,” Zverev, who’s ranked seventh, instructed reporters forward of this week’s ATP 500 event in Acapulco, Mexico.

“I should be top-four, top-five in the world right now in the normal ranking system. But the ranking system that we have now is a little bit absurd.”

Alexander Zverev in his match against Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2021.

Federer, who solely returned to the tour in Doha final week, has been a giant beneficiary of the brand new system with the 20-times Grand Slam winner ranked sixth regardless of a prolonged break on account of double knee surgical procedures final yr.

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“I am the biggest fan of Roger Federer but he hasn’t played in a year and he is ahead of me in the rankings,” the 23-year-old Zverev mentioned. “I played a Grand Slam final, a Masters 1000 final, won two tournaments.

“Proper now the rating system is simply so tousled that you do not want to concentrate to it.”

The rankings traditionally operate on a “Finest 18” outcomes foundation over 52 weeks however the system was modified to cowl a 22-month interval from March 2019 via December 2020 to permit gamers flexibility to skip occasions amid the pandemic.

The revised system for calculating rankings was this month prolonged via the week of August 9 and the ATP anticipates that the standard course of with factors dropping off on 52-week foundation will restart after that.