Novak Djokovic Up To 6th In ATP Race Rankings And In Position For Run At No. 1

by Tom Gainey | August 20th, 2018, 1:42 pm

Heading into Rome, Novak Djokovic was reeling with just six wins in 12 matches, but the Serb has since turned things around in big way, taking 27 of his last 31 matches including titles and Wimbledon and yesterday at Cincinnati, which gave him the full set of Masters trophies.

The results have risen his ranking. He was down to No. 22 in June, but is up to No. 6 as today in the 52-week rankings, with no points to defend until January.

And in the 2018 Race, he is now at No. 3, just behind 175 points behind No. 2 Roger Federer and 2,315 behind No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

If Djokovic were to win the US Open, he will pass Federer and narrow the gap between he and Nadal at least by 600-1000 pts, if not more, heading into the fall season when the Spaniard often struggles.

Federer is also in the same situation as Djokovic, though the Swiss is likely not to play as much as Djokovic the last few months, although he could change things up if he close to the No. 1.

But If Nadal wins the US Open, he’ll be tough to pass down the stretch.

Alexander Zverev and former champions Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic could also get into the No. 1 hunt but they’ll need to be playing on the final Sunday in New York.

“I think it will be a very exciting end to the season, because everybody’s going to probably be healthy or healthier again,” Federer said. “It’s nice to see Novak come back, and Milos has been playing great tennis again. Stan seems solid again. Same with Nishikori. These are all guys that we were missing for the last nine months or so.”

It’s also amazing that’s in August 2018, the Big 3 occupy the Top 3 spots in the Race.

Djokovic last ranked No. 1 on November 6, 2016.

ATP RACE STANDINGS (as of August 20, 2018)
1 Rafael Nadal 6760
2 Roger Federer 4620
3 Novak Djokovic 4445
4 Alexander Zverev 4275
5 Juan Martin del Potro 3710
6 Marin Cilic 3455
7 Kevin Anderson 3270
8 Dominic Thiem 3005
9 John Isner 2570
10 Fabio Fognini 1895

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4 Comments for Novak Djokovic Up To 6th In ATP Race Rankings And In Position For Run At No. 1

Daniel Says:

This indeed is a huge shift, by the end of Asian swing Djoko could be #1. But to do so he has to wins USO and one of Beijing (a title he dominated for year) or Shangai. He doesn’t need to win 3, and will depending on how Nadal perform in these next 3 events.

Nadal defends a lot of points next 3 tourneys: 2000 for USO + 500 for Beijing + 600 from Shangai finals = 3.100 pts, while Djoko has 0

If we took this points out, they currently have:

– Nadal: 10.040 – 3.100 = 6.940 pts
– Djoko: 4.445 pts
A 2.495 pts gap

Djoko would have to win 2.500 more pts than Nadal in these 3 tourneys. Hard, but doable. If Nadal loses in USO before semis, the ranking gap will decrease between all players as Nadal will get below 9.000 pts.

The best scenario for Djoko right now would be to land in Nadal QF draw in USO, this way he has a direct chance to control the result of that mach and future possible ranking, whereas if he is on the other side he will have to depend on Nadal’s results.

The #1 ranking will already be on the line at USO. If Fed wins it and Nadal loses before semis Fed will be #1.

Giles Says:

Funnily enough joker is not entered for the China Open.

Nitesh Says:

Nothing gets out from speculations. Getting a No. 1 ranking is a complex thing.You need to play good and still depend on others.

Nitesh Says:

I hope no. 1 ranking will be decided in Atp finals.

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