Can Nadal Finish the Year as the World’s Number One?

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After winning Wimbledon by saving two championship points against Federer, Novak Djoković cemented himself as the best player in the world and officially entered the GOAT debate.

Many thought that Novak would soon break Federer’s record on the all-time list of most weeks spent at the World No. 1 spot. However, Rafael Nadal had something to say about it.

Djoković is still at the top of the ATP Rankings, but Nadal narrowed the margin with some excellent performances on the North American tour, winning the Canada Masters and the US Open.

This put the Spaniard within 640 points from the number one place in the rankings. Novak’s injury, which made him withdraw from the US Open fourth-round match against Wawrinka, certainly helped Rafa narrow the gap.

Nadal is already above Djoković in the ATP Race to London rankings, and it is likely that the question of who between these two greats finishes as the year-end number one will be answered in London during the ATP Finals.

Although Rafa is still behind, he has zero points to defend until the year’s end. On the other hand, Djoković must defend his title in Shanghai, and the two finals he played last year in Paris and London. Even if Novak does really well on all of the remaining tournaments, Nadal could still finish on top of him if he reaches far enough.

It is worth noting that Djoković decided to play in Tokyo next week (ATP 500 Series), so he will certainly have a chance to win some new points along the way.

The Spaniard is looking to finish the year as World No. 1 for the fifth time in his career, which will tie him with Federer and Djoković in the same category.

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