Following two ATP 500 events in Basel and Vienna last week, there were significant changes on the ATP ranking list ahead of the final Masters 1000 tournament in Paris. Novak Djokovic is spending the 275th week on the ATP throne and the last one it this stint that lasted for a year, with Rafael Nadal ready to become world no.
1 next Monday. Novak and Rafa trained together in Paris ahead of what could be the decisive battle for the year-end no. 1 spot, with the Spaniard who has the advantage ahead of the final two events of the season. Djokovic is 320 points ahead of Nadal but that will all change on November 4 when Novak loses points for both title matches in Paris and the ATP Finals, allowing Rafa to pass him as the Spaniard has nothing to defend in the rest of the season.
Roger Federer is still safely in third place, conquering the tenth title in Basel on Sunday and keeping those 500 points on his tally to stay 1210 points ahead of Daniil Medvedev who is chasing the seventh straight ATP final in Paris.
Dominic Thiem reduced the deficit to Medvedev after claiming the title in Vienna, moving more than 1000 points clear of Alexander Zverev who needes a good week in Paris to qualify for the ATP Finals where he has to defend the crown won 12 months ago.
Stefanos Tsitsipas stayed seventh after reaching the semi-final in Basel, having a good 1000 points lead over Karen Khachanov who will drop out from the top-10 if he fails to defend the crown in Paris. Matteo Berrettini is the newly-promoted top-10 star following the semi-final run in Vienna, becoming the fourth Italian player in the elite group and the sixth different who achieved that in 2019.
Kei Nishikori is out from the top-10, skipping the remaining tournaments and having to start all over in 2020. Alex de Minaur is ranked inside the top-20 for the first time in a career following the final in Basel that he lost against Federer, becoming only the fourth Aussie in this group in the last 20 years.
Pablo Carreno Busta, Reilly Opelka, Jan-Lennard Struff and Filip Krajinovic have also made excellent progress in the top-40, hoping for more of the same in Paris, the last regular ATP tournament ahead of the London showdown. ATP Rankings