PARIS, April 22: Novak Djokovic stretched his lead over Rafael Nadal at the top of the ATP rankings on Monday, after the Spaniard�s failed bid to win a 12th Monte Carlo Masters title.
Djokovic, winner of the last three Grand Slam tournaments, is now over 3,000 points clear of old rival Nadal despite a quarterfinal defeat by Daniil Medvedev in the Principality last week.
World number two Nadal dropped ranking points after his title defence ended with a shock semifinal loss to eventual champion Fabio Fognini.
The 31-year-old Italian reached a career-high ranking of 12th after claiming his maiden Masters trophy with a straight-sets win over unheralded Serbian Dusan Lajovic in Sunday�s final.
Fognini jumped six spots to close on the top 10, while Lajovic climbed 24 places to 24th.
ATP top 10: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11,160 pts, 2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 8,085, 3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 5,770, 4. Roger Federer (SUI) 5,590, 5. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,675, 6. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 4,115 (+1), 7. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3,690 (-1), 8. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 3,240, 9. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 3,225, 10. John Isner (USA) 3,085. � AFP