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Nadal gains significant rankings boost from Djokovic as Medvedev passes Federer in London race

Rafael Nadal roars after winning a point
Nadal’s hopes of ending 2019 as world No. 1 have been handed a boost (Picture: Getty)

Rafael Nadal is assured to return to world No. 1 subsequent month after Novak Djokovic slipped up in Shanghai, with the Spaniard main the world’s top-ranked male by 1,280 factors with solely two main occasions to go.

Despite not enjoying on the Shanghai Masters resulting from harm, Nadal lower the hole on the high of the ATP rankings to only 320 factors after defending champion Djokovic was crushed by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals of the Masters 1000 occasion.

Djokovic will now lose his No. 1 spot on November Four to Nadal no matter how they each carry out on the Paris Masters the week earlier than, with the race for year-end No.1 in Nadal’s palms and more likely to come all the way down to the season-ending ATP Finals.

Novak Djokovic hits a forehand at the Shanghai Masters
Djokovic slipped up in Shanghai (Picture: VCG by way of Getty Images)

Joining them in the eight-man subject in London is Shanghai champion Daniil Medvedev, who’s in a mini battle of his personal with Roger Federer as he appears to finish the season as the third-highest ranked participant.

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Medvedev’s 6-Four 6-1 win over Alexander Zverev in what was his sixth consecutive remaining noticed him rise above Federer to 3rd in the Race To London, with lower than 200 factors between them.

Tsitsipas confirmed his spot in the ATP Finals with a run to the semi-finals, whereas fellow crushed semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini regained management of the eighth and remaining spot in the Race To London, with runner-up Zverev edging into seventh place.

ATP rankings & Race To London

ATP rankings

1. Djokovic – 9,545
2. Nadal – 9,225
3. Federer – 6,950
4. Medvedev – 5,920
5. Thiem – 5,085
6. Zverev – 4,425
7. Tsitsipas – 3,900
8. Khachanov – 2,990

Race To London

1. Nadal – 9,225
2. Djokovic – 7,945
3. Medvedev – 5,875
4. Federer – 5,690
5. Thiem – 4,525
6. Tsitsipas – 3,730
7. Zverev – 2,855
8. Berrettini – 2,545
9. Bautista Agut – 2,485
10. Goffin – 2,325

The battle stays on for the ultimate two spots of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, with Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens and Belinda Bencic concerned in a tussle in Moscow for the ultimate two spots.

Despite dropping in Shanghai qualifying, has change into British No. 1 for the primary time, with Kyle Edmund slipping exterior the top-50 after failing to defend quarter-finals factors on the Masters occasion.

Edmund prolonged his dropping run to seven matches on Sunday, falling in qualifying in Antwerp – a match he gained in 2018 – to Norbert Gombos, a end result that can see his rating slip even additional subsequent week.

WTA rankings and Race To Shenzhen

WTA Rankings

1. Barty – 7,096
2. Pliskova – 6,015
3. Osaka – 5,621
4. Svitolina – 5,525
5. Andreescu – 5,041
6. Halep – 4,962
7. Kvitova – 4,776
8. Bertens – 4,495

WTA Race To Shenzhen

1. Barty – 6,476
2. Pliskova – 5,315
3. Osaka – 5,246
4. Halep – 4,962
5. Andreescu – 4,942
6. Kvitova – 4,401
7. Svitolina – 3,995
8. Williams – 3,995
9. Bertens – 3,870
10. Bencic – 3,705

His compatriot loved a 46-place climb to world No. 243, whereas Heather Watson returned to the WTA’s top-100 with her run to the ultimate of the Tianjin Open.

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Cori “Coco” Gauff joined Watson in climbing contained in the top-100 by claiming a primary WTA title in Linz. The 15-year-old was ranked exterior the world’s top-850 this time final yr.

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