Despite not having won a Slam, Roger Federer has a very real chance of finishing the season No. 1. In fact, Federer could be the top seed and the No. 1 ranked player at the London ATP Finals next month if he does well in Paris.
Specifically, Federer, who trails by 490 points, would pass Djokovic this week in Paris if the Swiss wins the title over a player not named Djokovic.
He can also pass Djokovic by reaching the final with the Serb losing before the quarterfinals.
So Federer has to make the Paris finals to pass Djokovic in Paris.
Djokovic will maintain his lead will enter London as the top seed and the No. 1 player by making the final or having Federer not make the finals.
Note that the ATP Finals points from 2013 drop off the rankings BEFORE the start of the tournament. By rule they drop off on the Monday after the last regular event on the ATP calendar, however on the ATP website they are scheduled to drop on November 10.
Projected Paris paths:
Djokovic: Kolhscreiber, Isner, Murray/Dimitrov (QF), Ferrer/Tsonga/Nishikori (SF), Federer (F)
Federer: Chardy, Fognini, Raonic (QF), Wawrinka/Berdych (SF), Djokovic (F)
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