The first week of 2022 ended, Canada won the ATP Cup and there were many interesting tournaments, such as the one in Melbourne where we saw the return to victory of former world number one Rafael Nadal, who returned to the field after months. The first positions in the standings do not see big changes and the Top Ten only sees the entry of Felix Auger-Aliassime among the greats. The young Canadian was among the main protagonists of Canada’s victory and returned to the Top Ten, reaching his Best Ranking of number 9 in the world. Felix gained positions on Hubert Hurkacz and above all on Jannik Sinner. The blue tennis player has earned some small points in the Atp Cup, few seen the opponents from the rather poor ranking, and thus began 2022 with the exit from the Top Ten. Despite not playing, Roger Federer gains a position, to the detriment of the injured Dominic Thiem who has lost another 4 positions in the standings. Well instead Gael Monfils who earns four positions, also the Atp Cup finalist Roberto Bautista Agut earns points and positions. Sonego stable, Fabio Fognini gains a position while the French Ugo Humbert also well behind, the Frenchman has gained four positions. Lajovic and Fucsovics lose positions while the Dutch Griekspoor still gains positions, among the surprises of 2021. In the Top 100 the revelations of the week are Alex Molcan and above all Maxime Cressy, who respectively earn 14 and even 37 positions in the ATP ranking. Cerundolo and Ymer also did well. Italian chapter: Lorenzo Musetti stable, Stefano Travaglia loses positions while Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi climb the slope with the latter returning to the Top 100.
Annacone praises Roger Federer
Paul Annacone recently appeared on a podcast where he spoke extensively about his former charge Roger Federer, explaining how the Swiss’ willingness to listen to advice sets him apart from the rest of the tour. “Roger was amazing from the beginning,” Paul Annacone said. “The first day we walked on the court in Zurich, he was hitting balls and after 10 minutes he said “Okay, what do you wanna do?” and I was like “It’s that simple, I just tell you what to do and you do it? He goes “Well, maybe not that simple because if it’s something I don’t believe in then I’m going to ask you why. I’m going to ask you why; when I was a kid they used to call me the ‘why-man’ because I always wanted to know why we were doing stuff. But if it makes sense, yeah, we’ll do it.”