After the penultimate Masters 1000 tournament of the season in Shanghai, the battle for the remaining two places at the ATP Finals in London is still on ahead of the last three weeks. At the top, Rafael Nadal remains the leader of the pack, skipping Shanghai without any damage since Novak Djokovic lost in the quarter-final to Stefanos Tsitsipas, taking home only 180 points and trailing 1280 behind the Spaniard who is the favorite to finish as the year-end no.
1 player for the fifth time. Nadal is back on the practice court, seeking good results in Paris and London and defending the lead over Novak at the ATP Finals after becoming world no. 1 on November 4. Behind them, an in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev is now the third-best player on the ATP Race after passing Roger Federer, winning back-to-back Masters 1000 titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai to stand almost 200 points ahead of the Swiss who lost to Alexander Zverev in the quarter-final in Shanghai to drop one position on the list.
Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas are further down but they have secured the place at the ATP Finals, leaving the players behind them to fight for the remaining two spots in London. The last year's ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev had two solid weeks in Beijing and Shanghai, reaching the final last week and earning 600 points that propelled him into the seventh spot, 330 points ahead of Matteo Berrettini who is eighth after competing in his first Masters 1000 semi-final.
Roberto Bautista Agut dropped to ninth, 40 points behind the Italian and with work to be done in Basel and Paris if he wants to make a debut in London. David Goffin, Fabio Fognini, Kei Nishikori (had to skip Tokyo and Shanghai) and Gael Monfils are still in contention for that last spot, with 355 points separating Berrettini and Monfils ahead of the crucial two weeks in Basel, Vienna and Paris.