The week behind us brought two ATP 500 events in Beijing and Tokyo, with many players from the top fighting for valuable points in the battle for the year-end ranking positions and the place at the ATP Finals in London. Novak Djokovic made a debut in Tokyo and won the 76th ATP title against the field that wasn't that strong, never losing a set in five encounters and toppling John Millman in the title clash to earn 500 points and stay safe ahead of Rafael Nadal, no matter what happens in Shanghai.
The Serb is spending the 272nd week on the ATP throne and will remain there at least for a couple more, standing 1140 points ahead of Shanghai where he has to defend the title. Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from the penultimate Masters 1000 event of the season, keeping the lead over Novak in the ATP Race and hoping to defend it in the final tournaments of the year.
Roger Federer is spending the 730th week in the top-3, hoping for a good run in Shanghai where he stands as the 2nd seed behind Novak and seeking the third title. Daniil Medvedev took a few weeks off after packed schedule, skipping Beijing and barely staying in front of Dominic Thiem who went all the way in the Chinese capital to claim 500 points and move only 50 behind the Russian, becoming the fifth player who has qualified for the ATP Finals.
Bejing finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas should be the sixth traveler to London, keeping his seventh position behind Alexander Zverev whom he beat in the semi-final and forging a nice lead over Kei Nishikori, Karen Khachanov, Roberto Bautista Agut and other London contenders.
John Isner gained two spots while Felix Auger-Aliassime, Stan Wawrinka, Guido Pella, Lucas Pouille, Alex de Minaur and Marin Cilic all made progress following the fall of 2018 Beijing winner Nokoloz Basilashvili who lost a lot of points.
Hubert Hurkacz, Tokyo semi-finalist Reilly Opelka, Alexander Bublik and Tommy Paul are on career-best places, with Tokyo beaten-finalist John Millman as the mover of the week after passing 22 rivals on the list. ATP Ranking list