Novak Djokovic is spending the 273rd week on the ATP thone but will have to step down in three weeks after an early exit at Shanghai Masters. The defending champion suffered the quarter-final loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas, erasing 820 points from his tally and allowing Rafael Nadal to pass him on November 4.
Despite skipping Shanghai, Nadal is in a great position to finish the season as the year-end no. 1, especially if he scores good results in Paris and London, the last tournaments of the current circle. Rafa is only 320 points behind Novak, working hard at his Academy and hoping to win at least one more title in 2019, never lifting the trophy at the Paris Masters or ATP Finals.
Roger Federer lost to Alexander Zverev in the quarter-final, keeping the third place ahead of the brilliant Russian Daniil Medvedev who claimed the second consecutive Masters 1000 title in great style, never losing a set in five encounters and adding 1000 points to his tally that allowed him to pass the Swiss on the ATP Race.
Dominic Thiem is far behind the Russian now, keeping a handful lead over Shanghai finalist Alexander Zverev who is back into contention for the spot in London after deep runs in Beijing and Shanghai. Karen Khachanov moved in front of Kei Nishikori, with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roberto Bautista Agut completing the top-10 company before a quiet week that offers three ATP 250 events and the opportunity for the majority of the top-ranked players to take some rest ahead of Basel and Vienna.
After playing in the first Masters 1000 semi-final, Matteo Berrettini is the new Italian no. 1, passing Fabio Fognini and standing eighth in the battle for London behind Alexander Zverev. The young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime has lost six of the last eight clashes but still gained two ranking positions, entering the top-17 ahead of Stan Wawrinka, Lucas Pouille and Guido Pella, with Kevin Anderson dropping out from the top-20 for the first time in two years.
Last year's Shanghai finalist Borna Coric couldn't defend the points, dropping seven places as the biggest loser in the top-50. Eight players in the top-100 have achieved the career-high ranking this week, Matteo Berrettini, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Hubert Hurkacz, Reilly Opelka, Alexander Bublik, Juan Ignacio Londero, Mikael Ymer and Salvatore Caruso. ATP Rankings