With no ATP tournaments in the week behind us (players from the top mainly skipped the Davis Cup), the updated ATP rankings list has failed to deliver the changes and excitement at the Top, with no movers in the first 23 positions.
In addition, only one player has entered the Top 100 and we should wait for another week or two to see some bigger changes, at least in the Top 30. Rafael Nadal is spending his 190th week on the ATP throne, collecting 8760 points and staying 1860 points clear of Roger Federer who should return to the official action in Shanghai in four weeks time, heading to Chicago at the end of this week for the second edition of the Laver Cup.
World number 3 and Wimbledon and US Open champion Novak Djokovic will be in the Team Europe alongside Roger as well and he will probably not play before Shanghai despite a chance of earning some big points in Beijing or Tokyo in the battle with Nadal for the year-end number 1 spot.
Juan Martin del Potro has stayed 4th, more than 1000 points ahead of Alexander Zverev who will join him in Chicago. Marin Cilic is the best-ranked player who had competed in the Davis Cup, winning one point for Croatia in a 3-2 win over the USA in Zadar, and he should lead his country in the final against France too.
Grigor Dimitrov will play the Laver Cup but he has to focus on his results in the official events after that, winning just 22 matches so far in 2018 and standing far away from the ATP Finals where he won the title a year ago.
Dominic Thiem has played for Austria in the Davis Cup against Australia and he is back in action in Russia this week (Nishikori, Tsitsipas and Pouille are the top seeds in Metz), standing as the only Top 10 player in the main draw of St.
Petersburg or Metz. After the Laver Cup, world number 9 Kevin Anderson will travel to Chengdu and he is one of five Top 20 players that would play there or in Shenzhen, joined by David Goffin, Fabio Fognini, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric.
In the only switch in the Top 50, Karen Khachanov and Richard Gasquet traded places in the 24th and 25th place and the only new player in the Top 100 is Guido Andreozzi who gained 11 places after winning the title in Szczecin, entering the elite group for the very first time. Top 20 rankings list:
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