Kokkinakis Wins Maiden Title in Adelaide; Karatsev Defeats Murray for Sydney Crown

published: Jan, 15, 2022

by: Nima Naderi

Adelaide International 2—Adelaide, Australia

Hometown hero Thanasi Kokkinakis claimed his maiden ATP Tour title on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia, defeating Arthur Rinderknech 6-7(6), 7-6(5) 6-3. After overcoming the loss of the first set, Kokkinakis raced back to the win the second set in a tiebreaker and never looked back. Slamming 18 aces and winning 90 percent of his first serve points, Kokkinakis needed two hours and 38 minutes to seal his victory.

Moving up to No. 103 in the world, Kokkinakis also made the semifinals in Adelaide last week.

Rinderknech, who was playing in his first ever final, dismissed Karen Khachanov en-route to the championship round. The Frenchman will crack the top 50 on Monday with a ranking of No. 48.


Sydney Tennis Classic—Sydney, Australia

Hard-hitting Russian Aslan Karatsev easily dispatched former three-time Major winner Andy Murray on Saturday in the finals of the Sydney Classic. Claiming his third career title over the Brit with a scoreline of 6-3, 6-3, Karatsev hit four aces and won 72 percent of his second serve points. By contrast, Murray only won 33 percent of his second serve points.

Moving up to a career high of No. 15 in the world, Karatsev will be defending semifinal points at the Australian Open next week.

Murray, who continues to build his ranking after hip surgery, will be ranked No. 113 on Monday. The former world No. 1 dismissed Reilly Opelka and David Goffin earlier in the event.

Nima Naderi


Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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8 thoughts on “Projected Year-End ATP Tour Rankings for 2022

  1. You have it wrong. no way does novack finish 3. Novack should finish 1. Unless injury. Danil 2 .Rafa 3. Zverev 4 or 5. Rublev. 5 or 6. Stistipas 7 depending on recovery from elbow. Theim could come back and be the wild card to deliver again depending on his wrist on confidence. Dark horses could be berttini sinner or brooksby

  2. Nadal is not worried or really cares much about rankings. He wants to win another French Open. Novak is now really beatable and tennis players now get it. His variable is whether countries will let him in with no vax. Alex Z he is a hot head and could be banned or suspended for some tourneys. They are still looking into his domestic violence issues. He needs anger management. H

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