Rafael Nadal’s Barcelona title moved him into second place in the 2013 only ATP points standings. Nadal now stands just 1,120 rankings points behind No. 1 Djokovic and with 1,000 point events upcoming at Madrid and Rome, Rafa could very well go into the French Open as the points leader on the year!
Nadal has made an extraordinary comeback after a serious knee injury. The Spaniard has reached the final at all six events he’s played winning four including Sunday in Barcelona.
ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert warns Djokovic fans to watch out for Rafa. “To me this is the meatiest part of the season,” Gilbert told ATPWordTour.com. “You’ve got two Masters 1000s back to back and then the French and Wimbledon… that’s 6,000 points up for grabs over a short stretch, and what happens during this time will set the tone as to who has a shot of finishing No. 1. Djokovic is in good position now, but it still could be a very tight race.”
While Rafa rose, Federer fell further sliding down to No. 10. The Swiss, who hasn’t played since losing to Nadal at Indian Wells about 45 days, trails No. 9 Nicolas Almagro by 135 points. Roger could successfully defend his Madrid title and he still wouldn’t crack the Top 4. And even sweeping Madrid and Rome, Federer would still be behind Rafa and Novak.
Among other movers Bucharest champion Lukas Rosol jumped to No. 22 while finalist Guillermo Garcia-Lopez surged 87 spots to No. 58.
The top eight players qualify for the year-end Barclays ATP Championships.
Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and the rest of the Top 10 are all expected to play in Madrid starting next Monday.
April 29 2013 ATP Race Standings
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB),4,120
2 Nadal, Rafael (ESP),3,000
3 Murray, Andy (GBR),2,720
4 Ferrer, David (ESP),2,370
5 Berdych, Tomas (CZE),1,685
6 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG),1,515
7 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA),1,410
8 Gasquet, Richard (FRA),1,395
9 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP),1,305
10 Federer, Roger (SUI),1,170
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