Following his record 8th Wimbledon title Sunday, Roger Federer narrowed the gap Rafael Nadal had at No. 1 in the 2017 ATP Points race. Nadal’s lead is down to just 550 points as we enter the hard court and fall indoor season, on which Federer has had much success.
With 1,000 points available in Canada and Cincinnati, Federer could pass Nadal before the US Open. Or, Nadal could increase his lead, though the Spaniard hasn’t won an event on hard courts since 2014 Doha.
Third placed Dominic Thiem is just over 3,000 points back, and unless the Austrian does extremely well at the US Open, he’s likely out of the running. Wawrinka is also in the same position. So it looks to be a 2-man race for No. 1 unless someone runs through the summer.
Federer hasn’t finished No. 1 since 2009, Nadal not since 2013.
Right now, Nadal is expected to play in Canada and Cincinnati. Federer sounds committed right now to just Cincinnati.
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are 7th and 8th, respectively. Both are coming off injury concerns after Wimbledon, and they could each miss time, particularly Djokovic who is also expecting a second baby later this summer.
Murray still leads the 52-week rankings but should Federer or Nadal perform well over the summer, he’s likely to lose it by October. Murray is the first player in ranking history to hold the top spot without having reached any Grand Slam final in the prior 52 weeks.
ATP RACE RANKINGS (As of July 17, 2017)
1 Rafael Nadal 7095
2 Roger Federer 6545
3 Dominic Thiem 3345
4 Stan Wawrinka 3150
5 Marin Cilic 2905
6 Alexander Zverev 2710
7 Novak Djokovic 2585
8 Andy Murray 2290
9 Grigor Dimitrov 1925
10 Tomas Berdych 1905
11 David Goffin 1820
12 Pablo Carreno Busta 1740
13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1705
14 Kei Nishikori 1695
15 Milos Raonic 1695
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