After exactly a year, Rafael Nadal will become world no. 1 again on November 4, passing Novak Djokovic who is going to end his streak on the ATP throne on 52 weeks. The Serb lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-final in Shanghai, dropping 820 points and standing 320 ahead of Nadal before November 4 when he will give away 1600 points earned in Paris and London last year.
Rafa didn't play in the last part of 2018 after the US Open, having nothing to defend and standing as the favorite to finish the season as the year-end no. 1 for the fifth time. Nadal and Djokovic have been the players to beat so far in 2019, sharing all four Major crowns and gathering much more points than their closest rivals Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal.
Still, the Spaniard has collected more points than the Serb after reaching at least the semi-final at all four Grand Slams, together with Masters 1000 crowns in Rome and Canada. The reward will come in three weeks when Rafa will kick off his eighth reign on the ATP throne, standing on 196 weeks and looking good to become the sixth player since 1973 with at least 200 weeks as the world no.
1. It all started in August 2008 for the Spaniard when he finally moved in front of Roger Federer, achieving seven reigns at the top in the last 11 years. The eighth one that is about to start is a rather historic one, with Rafa becoming the fifth player with that many different stints on the ATP throne after John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras.
Still, to finish the season at the top, Rafa will have to play well in Paris and London to stay in front of Novak, never being a fan of indoor tennis and still seeking the first title at any of those two events despite conquering more than 80 ATP titles in an illustrious career.