If he wins Rome Rafael Nadal will not only earn a No. 4 seed at the French Open but also go into the second Slam of the season incredibly as the leader in 2013 ATP Points, ahead of Novak Djokovic.
That’s quite an achievement for some who missed the Australian Open!
After his Madrid title Nadal narrowed the gap between himself and Djokovic to just 130 points. If Nadal reaches the final he’ll enter Roland Garros with more points than anyone on the year and be in the lead for the race to No. 1.
As Nadal rises, Roger Federer’s stock continues to fall. The 17-time Slam champion remains title-less on the year and is now down to No. 11 in 2013 points, well behind Stanislas Wawrinka who rose six spots to No. 6 on the strength of his Madrid final.
The Top 8 qualify for the Barclays ATP Finals at the end of the year. With big points available at the French and Wimbledon Federer will have to do well in the next 45 days to stay in that hunt.
Federer is so far behind of the Top 2 that even if he won the French Open he’s still be behind Nadal and Djokovic.
MAY 13 ATP Race Standings
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB), 4,130
2 Nadal, Rafael (ESP), 4,000
3 Murray, Andy (GBR), 2,900
4 Ferrer, David (ESP), 2,700
5 Berdych, Tomas (CZE), 2,045
6 Wawrinka, Stanislas (SUI), 1,625
7 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA), 1,590
8 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG), 1,515
9 Gasquet, Richard (FRA), 1,405
10 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP), 1,350
11 Federer, Roger (SUI), 1,260
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