It’s Official: Mate Pavić Named World No. 1 in Doubles, Čilić No. 4 in Singles

Daniela Rogulj

Croatia’s best singles tennis player, Marin Čilić, climbed one place in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday to be the fourth best tennis player in the world.

Borna Ćorić fell one place in the rankings in comparison to last week and is in now the 41st best, while Ivo Karlović remains in 93rd place, and Viktor Galović drops seven spots, from 173th to 180th, reports on May 21, 2018.

The leaders in the singles rankings have seen no significant changes, and Rafael Nadal, who won the tournament in Rome yesterday, is again number one, followed by Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the second position and Germany’s Alexander Zverev in third. 

Croatian tennis player Mate Pavić is officially the number one tennis player in the world in doubles competition, thanks to the latest ATP rankings released on Monday.

Pavić reached his career success despite losing with his partner, Austrian Oliver Marach, in the quarterfinal of the Italian Open by Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas and Spaniard Marcelo Granollers-Pujol. Because leaders Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot were also defeated in Rome, Pavić jumped from fifth place to lead the ATP ranking in doubles. 

Of Croatia’s best tennis players, Goran Ivanišević achieved the highest placement in the singles competition by ranking 2nd on the ATP ladder, while Ivan Ljubičić and Marin Čilić have reached world number three. Among the female Croatian tennis players, the best ranking is held by Iva Majoli who placed 4th on the individual WTA rankings.

Pavić has thus become the youngest world number one in doubles in the last 22 years. The last time the ATP doubles ranking saw this happen was in February 1996, when Australian lTodd Woodbridge, who was 24 years and ten months, was named the world’s best. The Split tennis player will celebrate his 25th birthday on July 4th.

The next best Croatian in the ATP rankings for doubles is Ivan Dodig in 16th place, which is down five spots compared to last week. Nikola Mektić remained in 21st, and Frank Škugor has moved one place to 41st.


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