ATP Race to London: Novak Djokovic should pass Rafael Nadal in Paris

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ATP Race to London: Novak Djokovic should pass Rafael Nadal in Paris

The regular ATP season will be over in two weeks time and there are still four spots left at the ATP Finals in London, with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev securing the place at the elite ATP event at the moment. In addition, Nadal and Djokovic are set to battle for the year-end number 1 spot in Paris and London if Nadal recovers from a knee injury and feel ready to compete at the last two tournaments of the season.

The Spaniard is on 7480 points, just 35 more than Novak Djokovic who has been in an amazing form after Madrid, winning 39 matches from Rome and conquering two Grand Slam and two Masters 1000 titles during that stint to stand on Nadal's trail.

We are still not sure about Nadal's progress and will he be able to play again in 2018 but Novak is the favorite to end the year as the number 1 player, refusing wild card in Basel and Vienna this week and preparing himself for Paris where he should be the top favorite.

Juan Martin del Potro is third in the standings but that should change this week as the Argentinian was forced to skip Basel due to a knee injury he suffered against Borna Coric in Shanghai. The Argentinian will miss the rest of the season almost certainly and that leaves the door wide open for Roger Federer to pass him already in Basel and finish the season as the third best player in the world.

Roger is the top seed in Basel where he chases his ninth crown in the hometown, followed by the 5th player in the ATP Race Alexander Zverev. The German has pretty much secured his position in the Top 5 at the end of the season but he will give his best in Basel, Paris and London in order to pass at least del Potro and secure the place in the year-end Top 4 for the second year in a row.

After three straight losses, Marin Cilic will try to secure his London ticket in Basel, standing 105 points ahead of Kevin Anderson and 290 ahead of Dominic Thiem who lead Vienna draw as the top seeds. If Nadal and del Potro decide to play in London, these are the eight players who would qualify for the ATP Finals at the moment but that could all change with one withdrawal, leaving John Isner and Kei Nishikori in contention for that last spot.

Both players are in Vienna and they will take a close look at each other, separated by only 20 points in the ATP Race before the decisive battles in Vienna and Paris. Borna Coric, Fabio Fognini, Kyle Edmund and Stefanos Tsitsipas have all passed 2000-point mark but they will need something special in order to reach London, including withdrawals from both Nadal and del Potro. Top 15 players of the ATP Race to London:


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