On November 22, 2020, Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev (Russian professional tennis player) defeated the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal to win the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tournament. The ATP was held in London.

ATP Tournament

Association of Tennis Professionals tournament is the 2nd highest tier of men’s Tennis Tournament after the Grand Slam. The ATP was first held in 1970’s.

About Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev is a Russian professional tennis player at rank number 4 under ATP ranking. Medvedev was born in Moscow on 11 February 1996. Daniil Medvedev has won 9 ATP singles titles, including 3 Masters 1000 titles and one year end finals title.

Rafael Nadal

He is a Spanish tennis player. Rafael Nadal is ranked No. 2 in the world by the ATP has been ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings for 209 weeks, and has finished as the year-end No. 1 five times.

What is the qualification for a player to participate in ATP?

The participation of a player in the ATP is determined by their ranking. The major qualifications are as follows

  • Top Seven players of ATP ranking
  • 2 Grand Slam winners ranked between 8 and 20
  • The rest of the players in the ATP ranking till the court of eight is reached.

How is ATP ranking calculated?

The ATP rankings are determined based on the qualification for entry and rating of the players in singles and double tournaments. The first ranking for the singles tournaments was published in 1973 and for the Doubles tournaments in 1976. The points are awarded based on Prestige of the tournament and stage of the tournament reached. For instance, the point awarded to a Grand Slam winner is the highest.

The ranking of a player is based on the total points he has won in the following tournaments

  • The 4 Grand Slam tournaments namely US Open, Australia Open, Wimbledon andFrench Open.
  • The Association of Tennis Professionals tour Masters 1000 tournaments
  • The best of 6 from non-mandatory ATP tour 500, ATP 2000, ATP Challenger, ATP tour 250, futures series and Davis Cup.

If a player has not participated in any of the above tournaments, his rankings moves down. On the flip side, a player who is out of the competition for more than one months due to a verified injury will not receive any penalty while calculating ranking.

From 2000 to 2012 rankings were awarded based on Summer Olympics as well. However, this was changed and from 2016 Olympics was not included. Daniil Medvedev wins ATP Finals Daniil Medvedev wins ATP Finals