Rafael Nadal has risen to sixth place in the FedEx Race A Turin after beating Novak Djokovic in the final of the Masters 1000 in Rome and equaling the Serbian’s record with 36 ATP Masters 1000 titles. Only 30 points now separate the Spanish legend (2,220 ) from fourth-placed Alexander Zverev (2,250), 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion and winner of the Mutua Madrid Open last week. Daniil Medvedev is currently in fifth place with 2,230 units. Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to lead the Race with 3,110 points, but Djokovic, a five-time Nitto ATP Finals champion, is now just 190 points behind the Greek in second place. Tsitsipas won his first ATP Masters 1000 crown last month at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. Djokovic, champion of his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open (d. Medvedev) in February, continues to ignite the pulse with Helleno for first place. The Serbian legend aims to break another record by closing the season as No. 1 for the seventh time (2011-12, ’14 -15, ’18, ’20). Djokovic currently shares the number one end of the year record with his childhood idol, Pete Sampras (1993-1998). After the fourth Masters 1000 of the season, Matteo Berrettini and #NextGenATP Jannik Sinner remain close behind the top eight, with the Nitto ATP Finals to be held in Turin from November 14-21. Berrettini, who lost to Zverev in the Madrid final, ranks ninth with 1,445 points, just 15 points behind eighth Hubert Hurkacz (1,460), who defeated Sinner in the Miami Open final. Sinner, champion of the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals, ranks 10th after the Rome tournament. One of the week’s big winners, Italian Lorenzo Sonego, climbs 16 spots to 13 in the FedEx ATP Race A Turin after reaching the semi-finals in Rome (l. To Djokovic), while runner-up at the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals and 2020, Dominic Thiem, climbs to 16th position after climbing six rungs.
Gilles Simon on the Big 3
Gilles Simon recently gave his thoughts on a wide range of topics, right from Roger Federer’s return to action at the Geneva Open to the fierce rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Speaking in an interview with l’Equipe, Simon first claimed that doing well on clay was no longer a priority for Federer. “The margin is shrinking, their level of play has dropped a little with the constraints of age, but they still reach the final,” Simon said. “I found Nadal and Djokovic less efficient than a few years ago. They have less margin, they are more and more hooked by increasingly different players, they have fewer and fewer quiet matches, but … it holds! This is where you see they are strong,” Simon said.