Nadal extends lead at the top of the world rankings, but who else is in the mix?
The ATP World rankings currently has a familiar, but at the same time unusual, look to it. At the top sit Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, just as if it was 2007 again, but beneath them lie a host of new names and rising stars who are all keen to capitalise on the injury struggles of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and others. Jade du Preez takes a closer look at the current top 10.
1 – Rafael Nadal, 9,875 points
After a stunning win at the China Open, Nadal still stays firmly in the top spot with more than 1,000 points between him and Roger Federer as the tour starts winding down for the December off season.
2 – Roger Federer, 7,505 points
After his incredible comeback, Federer is second in the rankings as he prepares for the Shanghai Masters, which he received a bye and will go straight through to the second round.
3 – Andy Murray, 6,290 points
Out with injury, it’s miraculous that Murray has managed to stay in the top 3 for so long. Alexander Zverev looks determined to try and change that, but he’ll have to produce some beautiful tennis to pull off the 2,000 points needed to clear Murray.
4 – Alexander Zverev, 4,400 points
As the youngest player in the top 10 by 4 years, 20 year old Zverev will need to pull out the big guns if he wants to get any further, but having seen him win in such spectacular style this year, there’s nothing stopping him from further stunning the ATP rankings.
5 – Marin Cilic, 4,155 points
Having recently made it to the semi-finals of the Japan Open (falling to Adrian Mannarino, the eventual runner up), Cilic seems in good form but will need to stay consistent during the next few months if he wants to clinch a coveted spot in the tour finals in London this year.
6 – Novak Djokovic, 4,125 points
Yet another injured player, Novak Djokovic has also struggled to remain high in the rankings, slipping from 2nd to 6th over the space of months. It seems that other players have been taking every opportunity whilst he’s absent from the tour.
7 – Dominic Thiem, 3,925 points
It’s not been a great second half of the season for Austrian Dominic Thiem, who has been pipped as one of the rising stars of tennis. With no known injury hampering his performance, his poor form is currently unexplained.
8 – Stan Wawrinka, 3,540 points
Stan Wawrinka might been in 8th place, but he has other things to think about, like his recent knee surgery to fix the injury that has seen him out of action since Wimbledon. Unfortunately, his comeback will have to wait until next year.
9 – Grigor Dimitrov, 3,455 points
Only one place away from his career best ranking of 8th in the world, Grigor Dimitrov’s surprising season has been a highlight of the year. With a Masters event coming up this week in Shanghai and a Masters title even already under his belt, could Dimitrov rocket up the rankings again this year?
10 – David Goffin, 3,055 points
Not long back on court after his disastrous injury at the French Open, David Goffin is back and already the Shenzhen and Tokyo champion. And with Murray, Djokovic and Wawrinka unable to play in the ATP finals, he stands a good chance of qualifying unless someone has an unexpected winning streak and knocks him off course.