The updated ATP rankings list has brought nothing new in the battle for the year-end positions and the place at the ATP Finals, with the Top 8 players staying where they were seven days ago. Rafael Nadal is spending his 194th week at the top of the ATP throne but his position is anything but safe, with Novak Djokovic trailing just 215 points behind him. The Serb has won 39 of the last 43 matches and he could have become world number 1 this week with a solid run in Vienna or Basel but he refused a wild card at both events in order to rest and prepare himself for Paris Masters and ATP Finals where he should be the favorite to win more points than Nadal and finish the season as the year-end number 1 for the fifth time.
Roger Federer is 1185 points behind Novak and he will try to stay on the same gap as he has to defend the title and 500 points in Basel. Juan Martin del Potro is still fourth but the rest of the season is in danger for him, retiring in Shanghai with a right patella bone fracture that will most probably keep him off the court in the rest of the season.
Alexander Zverev is 735 points behind him in 5th, seeking a good result in Basel and the opportunity to finish ahead of the Argentinian with good results in Paris and London. After three straight losses on the Tour, Marin Cilic is almost 1000 points short of Zverev and he will try to change that in Basel, facing Denis Shapovalov in a tricky first round.
Marin is yet to qualify for London but he is in a good position of reaching the elite event, having a nice lead over the players behind him. Dominic Thiem and Kevin Anderson lead Vienna field and they are separated by just 95 points in the 7th and 8th place, hoping to add more points to their tallies in order to punch London tickets as soon as possible.
John Isner returned to action in Stockholm, losing to Ernests Gulbis in the semi-final but passing Grigor Dimitrov for the 9th place, eyeing another good result in Vienna that would keep him in contention for London.
The Bulgarian has not played since Beijing and he will leave the Top 10 very soon after winning just 23 matches this season and losing 1500 points he won in London last year. Grigor will play in Vienna together with Kei Nishikori who still has a chance to reach London if he gives his best in Austria and France in the next 14 days.
Kyle Edmund has moved to a career-high 14th place after winning his first ATP title in Antwerp, followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas who went all the way in Stockholm for his first ATP crown. Jack Sock is still ranked inside the Top 20 despite winning just seven matches in 2018 but that will all change after he drops 1000 points from Paris last year.
Moscow champion Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev complete the Top 20 group as the first two Russians there since November 2010 when both Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny were in the elite group.
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