What changes for the Big Three after the new ATP Ranking rule? The decision made by the men's board on maintaining the points for all the official tournaments that will take place for this second part of 2020 can create particular scenarios in view of the resumption of competitions and the two Slams so close together.
Some players will have the opportunity to benefit more from the rule introduced by the Association of tennis players. More than others, by the fact that the positions in the ranking will be determined by the 18 best results achieved between March 2019 and December 2020.
This new system is a double-edged sword for tennis players like Rafa Nadal. The 19-time Slam champion during the tournaments that will be played from the end of August onwards has accumulated 5,360 points obtained as champion of the US Open, Roland Garros and the Masters 1000 in Rome (2000 at the US Open, 2000 at the Roland Garros and 1,000 in Rome) as well 360 as a semi-finalist in Madrid.
So considering that he will not lose any points of those already obtained in the past year, Nadal will be able to hope to add only 2,140. To do so the Spaniard should win the Washington tournament (500), the Masters of Cincinnati (1000) and that of Madrid (640).
What about Roger Federer and Novav Djokovic
Different situation for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion would benefit from this situation because he will maintain 2,860 points: 1000 as champion of the Mutua Madrid Open, 720 as semifinalist of Roland Garros, 600 as finalist in Rome and 540 added between Cincinnati and Roland Garros.
However, Nole could further increase his lead at the top of the ranking, as Djokovic could accumulate 4,640 points in confirmed tournaments in the event that he is champion in Washington (500), Cincinnati (640 more than last year), US Open ( 1820 more points), Rome (400 more) and Roland Garros (1280 more).
This measure could help Novak Djokovic to approach the absolute record of weeks as number one in the ranking which is currently held by Roger Federer with 310 weeks. Djokovic is third with 282, four fewer than Sampras, after the rankings were frozen on March 22nd.
Another who benefited from this new rule is Roger Federer. The Swiss player will have no chance of adding points in 2020 as he said goodbye to the season after the knee operations he underwent. However, Federer will retain the 1530 points scored between Roland Garros, US Open, Rome, Madrid and Cincinnati in 2019.
However, if Dominic Thiem improves his results compared to last year in these tournaments, the Austrian distances himself from the Swiss in the ranking and may even threaten Rafa Nadal's second position