Roger Federer back in world’s top 10, Serena Williams number one after Australian Open triumphs
Roger Federer has forced his way back into the world’s top 10 after his triumph at the Australian Open, while Serena Williams has reached number one again.
Federer, who clinched his 18th Grand Slam title at the age of 35 after beating Rafael Nadal in the final in Melbourne, has climbed seven spots to number 10.
Playing in his first Grand Slam since Wimbledon last year, Federer came into the tournament seeded just 17th but his memorable victory has seen him seize back a top-10 spot.
Fellow victor in Melbourne, Serena Williams, has reclaimed the number one spot from last year’s champion Angelique Kerber after she sealed her 23rd Grand Slam title.
Williams, who came into the tournament as the number two seed, defeated sister Venus in the final to ensure that she usurped the German.
Meanwhile, world number one Andy Murray retains his status at the top of the men’s game despite his shock exit to Mischa Zverev in Australia.
British number one Johanna Konta has dropped a place to 10 despite her run to the quarter-finals, where she lost to the eventual champion, Williams, due to her having reached the last four in 2016.
But there was better news on the men’s side as Dan Evans moved up six places to a career-high 45, meaning that for the first time in 11 years there are now three Brits in the top 50, along with Murray and Kyle Edmund.
Evans has now become the British number two after his fine run to the fourth round, where he was eventually beaten by France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, as he produced his best-ever Grand Slam performance.
With Edmund at number 47 and Murray still occupying the top spot, the British trio all find themselves in the top 50, with Murray, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski having last achieved the same status in 2006.
Men’s top 10
1 – Andy Murray
2 – Novak Djokovic
3 – Stanislas Wawrinka
4 – Milos Raonic
5 – Kei Nishikori
6 – Rafael Nadal
7 – Marin Cilic
8 – Dominic Thiem
9 – Gael Monfils
10 – Roger Federer
Women’s top 10
1 – Serena Williams
2 – Angelique Kerber
3 – Karolina Pliskova
4 – Simona Halep
5 – Dominika Cibulkova
6 – Agnieszka Radwanska
7 – Garbine Muguruza
8 – Svetlana Kuznetsova
9 – Madison Keys
10 – Johanna Konta