Serb Novak Djokovic now has a great chance of returning to the top spot on the ATP rankings list and finishing the season as the year end No. 1 player. The doors have opened for the Serb as world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is set to lose a good amount of points in the following weeks after withdrawing from the Shanghai Masters and the ATP 500 event in Beijing.
Djokovic doesn't have a single point to defend for the rest of the year as his 2017 season came to an end after Wimbledon. Nadal leads the ATP rankings list with 8,760 points, while Djokovic has returned to No. 3 with 6,445 points on the board.
The Spaniard is set to drop 1,100 points after withdrawing from Shanghai and Beijing as he ended runner-up in Shanghai a year ago and won it all in Beijing respectively. On the other side, Djokovic has made a decision not to play in either Beijing or Tokyo ahead of Shanghai.
Djokovic will be entering the final stage of the season full of confidence after winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, as well as making a splash at the Cincinnati Masters. Djokovic won't be replacing Nadal at the No.
1 spot after Shanghai but he could put himself in a strong position to overtake the Spaniard before the Nitto ATP Finals. Nadal will also have some points to defend at the Paris Masters as he reached the quarter-final last year before withdrawing from his match with Filip Krajinovic due to an injury.
Djokovic hasn't been ranked at No. 1 in the world since losing the top spot to Andy Murray with the conclusion of the 2016 Paris Masters. Djokovic now could easily return to the No. 1 spot at the same place he lost the top spot two years ago.
Even if Djokovic overtakes Nadal at the Paris Masters -- the real battle for the year-end No. 1 spot would be happening at the Nitto ATP Finals. Nadal will also be in the line to win a big amount of points at The O2 Arena as he pulled out of the event a year ago after losing his opening match to David Goffin.
Anyways, due to his recent form, Djokovic is the biggest favorite to win the upcoming big tournaments and end the year ranked at No. 1. It has been a huge comeback year for Djokovic -- who would certainly love to put the icing on the cake by finishing the season as the year-end No.
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