quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal of Spain at Roland Garros in Paris.
In July the 35 year old Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title however was awarded zero points.
The men's tennis tour declined to award rankings points to players this year due to the tournament's refusal to allow Russian and Belarussian players entry into the tournament due to the two countries' participation in the war in Ukraine.
After Wimbledon Djokovic's Covid 19 vaccination status prevented his entry into the USA which prevented his participation in the US Open in August.
In the fall Djokovic took indoor titles in Tel Aviv and Astana before losing in the final at Paris to the 19 year old talent Rune Holger of Denmark.
Following his victory in Torino, Djokovic moved up in the rankings from eight to five.
And with no points to defend in 2023 at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, it seems only a matter of time before Djokovic reclaims the top ranking next year.
The 23 year old Ruud took titles this year in Buenos Aires, Geneva and Gstaad.