Race for No. 1 is centered on Nadal and Federer

Andy Murray has spent 38 weeks as universe No. 1, though unless he wins usually about any large pretension from now by November, a Scot will remove that respect by a finish of a US Open.

World No. 4-ranked Novak Djokovic will expected not play in New York and is now over a year private from his best tennis, while world No. 5 Stan Wawrinka needs to urge his US Open title. 

This season, a men’s debate has unequivocally revolved around Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Barring injuries, they will conflict for a No. 1 ranking by a time a US Open comes around, and it’s roughly a pledge that one of a mythological rivals will be a year-end No. 1.

Nadal has a advantage for now. He racked adult 4,500 points in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Roland Garros while Federer was holding a break. Despite his 3 waste to a Swiss this year, including a Australian Open final, Nadal (7,465) trails Murray (7,750) by usually 285 points and leads Federer (6,545) by 920 points.

Had Nadal unequivocally wanted a No. 1 ranking as shortly as possible, he could have entered Hamburg. Just creation a final would have been adequate to pass Murray and extend his lead over Federer. Instead, it looks like a US Open array will give Nadal a possibility to fist in a few weeks during No. 1—if he plays well.

Federer is still a favorite for a year-end tip mark interjection to his some-more complacent legs and a faster contest surfaces. He is not entered to play a Rogers Cup, as he mostly skips it to prepared for the speedier courts of Cincinnati (where he has won 7 titles given 2005). Federer can feasible benefit a No. 1 ranking by Aug 21 if he creates low runs in Montreal and Cincinnati (and if Murray and Nadal are suspended early).

Since 2017 has been a Federer-Nadal renaissance, maybe they will finally play opposite any other during a US Open. If it happens, it could really good be a determining cause for a No. 1 ranking.

There will also be a Asia swing and indoor tennis widen that favors Federer’s story and character of play with Beijing, Shanghai, Basel and Paris all preceding the ATP World Tour Finals in London. 

“I consider it’s going to be a 3 or four-way race, or two-way competition between me and Rafa Nadal,” Federer pronounced in a Express. “I wish it’s me and not Rafa since it means a lot to me to get behind to No. 1.”

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