We’ve reached the quarter mark of the 2017 ATP season and so far it’s been all Roger Federer. The Swiss is 19-1 on the season after claiming his third Miami Open title yesterday cruising past Rafael Nadal.
Federer began the year No. 16 in the 52-week rankings and is now No. 4. And in the Race, he is now 1,810 ahead of Nadal and in the lead for the first time post-Miami since 2007! Stan Wawrinka is third at 1,500 while 52-week No. 1 Andy Murray is 12th and Novak Djokovic is down at 22nd.
Federer stated he will not play any clay lead-up events, so can Nadal or anyone else catch and pass him before the grass and the summer hard courts, on which Federer will again be a big favorite? Or will Federer go back on his word and play a clay Masters?
Nadal is scheduled to play Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome. A title at two of those should put him past Federer going into the French.
And with three Masters events for the taking, Murray and Djokovic could easily vault up the standings with strong results.
So as long as Federer doesn’t play, it looks like things will tighten up going into Paris.
ATP RACE (as of April 3, 2017)
1 Roger Federer 4045
2 Rafael Nadal 2235
3 Stan Wawrinka 1500
4 Grigor Dimitrov 1365
5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1255
6 Dominic Thiem 1140
7 Jack Sock 1130
8 David Goffin 1055
9 Pablo Carreno Busta 985
10 Nick Kyrgios 855
12 Andy Murray 840
22 Novak Djokovic 475
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