Thanks to his Shanghai title, Roger Federer is within 1,960 ranking points of Rafael Nadal for the year-end No. 1 spot.
Had Nadal won today, it would have almost been over, but now Federer is in with a chance.
Ahead, Federer will have:
Basel – 500 points
Paris – 1000 points
ATP Finals – 1500 points
So Federer could max out at 3,000 points should he sweep all three titles. But Nadal, of course, is also scheduled to play and if he does he too will accumulate points and could widen the gap.
“I don’t know what it takes for year-end No. 1 for both of us,” Federer said. “It seems for me that he seems extremely close to clinching it.”
“It’s been a terrific season and I didn’t overplay. Still have energy left. Like I said before the event, I’m happy it paid off again.”
Federer will also have to decide if it’s worth the push. He’ll have to play all three events and after a busier-than-expected year and at age 36, does he want to risk 2018 for a slim chance at No. 1 now?
“I’ll just try to be healthy now, go back to the drawing board when I go back to Switzerland tomorrow with my team and we’ll decide what I’m going to play Basel, Paris, one of those tournaments or both or none, before I go to London because that’s my priority right now.”
And Nadal, who was seen with tape on his left knee today, could also skip either Basel or Paris or both.
But Federer will have to play all three events.
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