Latest ATP Ranking: Federer back to second spot after victorious Basel open outing

By Editor on 02/11/2015

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Djokovic et al...Nadal, Murray, Federer

Novak Djokovic remains dominant as the World No. 1, as he recently notched up his 171st week at the top, despite not being in action this week. Djokovic's milestone record effectively saw him overtake John McEnroe (170 weeks) and puts him fifth on the all time leaderboard behind Roger Federer (302), Pete Sampras (286), Ivan Lendl (270) and Jimmy Connors (268). 
Federer clinched his record seventh Swiss Indoors Basel title this week, as he consequently regained his World No. 2 ranking from Andy Murray. Rafael Nadal also reached the final at the ATP 500 event in Basel, as he effectively continued his resurgence to overtake Kei Nishikori for sixth position, while semi-finalist Richard Gasquet also reclaimed his top 10 ranking. 
Federer survived a three set 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 final against Nadal to continue his dominance in Basel. He was rewarded with 500 rankings points which was enough to see him surpass Murray for second position, although there is room for further changes depending on the pair’s respective results in Paris. Federer only narrowly leads Murray - 8,250 compared to 8,070 - and there are up to 1,000 points up for grabs at the Masters 1000 event this week. 
Nadal continued his late season revival to outlast Lukas Rosol, Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic and Richard Gasquet on his way to his career-first Basel final. He ultimately couldn't dethrone Federer at his home tournament but the Spaniard nonetheless picked up 300 points to edge ahead of Kei Nishikori for the World No. 6 ranking.
However, despite the minor slide, Nishikori still managed to secure his spot in the elite eight man field at the ATP World Tour Finals this week. In fact Nishikori and eighth ranked David Ferrer both confirmed their qualifications over the weekend to complete the London field. Ferrer had withdrawn from the Valencia Open on the eve of the tournament but Richard Gasquet was the only player who had the potential to overtake either of the pair for a last minute qualification. However his loss against Nadal in the Basel semi-finals put him out of striking distance, irregardless of respective results in Paris. 

Ferrer will now return to the season ending championships for the seventh time. His best result was a run to the finals upon his debut in 2007, while he qualified for four consecutive years between 2010-2013 before he served as an alternate last year, playing just the final round robin singles match instead of an injured Milos Raonic. 

"It’s an honour to be back in London and be amongst the best players in the world once again," Ferrer said. "It’s been a great season for me and I really look forward to the tournament."
Nishikori made history last year when he became the first Asian player to qualify for the singles at the ATP World Tour Finals. He ultimately went on to reach the semi-finals, before losing to Djokovic. 
“I am very excited to go back to London,” Nishikori said. “Being part of the best eight players in the world is a big honour and something I work very hard for every day. This tournament is one of the flagship tournaments of the year for us and I look forward to coming back.” 
In other ATP action over the weekend, Joao Sousa continued his breakthrough year as he defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in Valencia to see his ranking soar up 12 places into the World No. 34 position. 
But other minor changes in the top 20 included Marin Cilic - who rose two places into 11th spot following his run to the quarterfinals in Basel - and John Isner, who also crept up one place despite falling in the Basel second round. In fact Cilic and Isner both also benefited from the fall of Milos Raonic, who dropped down five places this week after failing to defend quarterfinal points in Basel.
The only other slight riser in the top 20 was David Goffin, who overtook Feliciano Lopez for 16th position.
The full list of Emirates ATP Top 20 Rankings as of November 2 2015:
  1. Novak Djokovic
  2. Roger Federer (+1)
  3. Andy Murray (-1)
  4. Stan Wawrinka 
  5. Tomas Berdych
  6. Rafael Nadal (+1)
  7. Kei Nishikori (-1)
  8. David Ferrer 
  9. Richard Gasquet (+2)
  10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  11. Marin Cilic (+2)
  12. Kevin Anderson
  13. John Isner (+1)
  14. Milos Raonic  (-5)
  15. Gilles Simon 
  16. David Goffin (+1)
  17. Feliciano Lopez (-1)
  18. Bernard Tomic 
  19. Dominic Thiem 
  20. Gael Monfils


Source Live Tennis

Posted on November, 2 2015

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