ATP Rankings (06/11/23): Djokovic moves closer to year-end No.1, Shapovalov out the top 100
The final Masters 1000 tournament of the year has shaken up the ATP rankings, with Novak Djokovic moving within touching distance of becoming year-end No.1 once again and the full lineup for the ATP Finals has been confirmed.
Djokovic beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to win a record seventh Paris Masters crown, which is the 40th Masters 1000 title of his career.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) November 5, 2023
As a result, defending champion Djokovic only needs to win one round-robin match in Turin to confirm his status as the year-end No.1 for a record eighth time.
Dominic Thiem is one of the biggest upward movers this week, with the 2020 US Open champion bouncing straight back inside the top 100.
The Austrian managed to move up a total of 13 ranking places to No.95, after qualifying for the Paris Masters and winning his first round main draw match against fellow major winner Stan Wawrinka.
There was also some British success this week, as Jack Draper won the fifth ATP Challenger title of his career in Bergamo, Italy, beating former top 10 player David Goffin in the final.
As a result, the British No.4 has continued his rise back up the rankings, moving up nine places to No.82 in the world.
What a comeback, @jackdraper0 👏
— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) November 5, 2023
Other significant upward movers in the top 100 this week were Roman Safiullin (+6 to No.39), Marton Fucsovics (+5 to No.47), Botic van de Zandschulp (+9 to No.51), Roberto Bautista Agut (+6 to No.60), Rinky Hijikata (+8 to No.72), Taro Daniel (+11 to No.86) and Maximilian Marterer (+8 to No.97).
There were also some significant downward movers this week, with former top 10 player and Wimbledon semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov continuing his fall down the rankings.
Shapovalov is currently recovering from a knee injury, and as a consequence has now fallen outside the top 100 for the first time since 2017, when he was only 18.
The Canadian is not the only significant downward mover this week, with Lorenzo Musetti (-5 to No.27), Christopher O’Connell (-8 to No.66), Richard Gasquet (-9 to No.77), Yosuke Watanuki (-7 to No.79) and Federico Coria (-10 to No.88) also declining.
ATP Rankings Top 20 (06/11/23)
|12||Alex de Minaur||25||2,740|
For a full list of the rankings, visit the official ATP website
Race to the ATP Finals in Turin (30/10/23)
The ATP Finals are a highly anticipated event that take place at the end of each year, featuring the top eight singles players and doubles teams from the tennis season.
Turin is the host once again in 2023 with the event beginning on the 12th November, and the singles lineup is now officially complete for the year-end tournament:
1. Novak Djokovic – 9945 points (Qualified)
2. Carlos Alcaraz – 8455 points (Qualified)
3. Daniil Medvedev – 7200 points (Qualified)
4. Jannik Sinner – 5490 points (Qualified)
5. Andrey Rublev – 4805 points (Qualified)
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas – 4235 points (Qualified)
7. Alexander Zverev – 3585 points (Qualified)
8. Holger Rune – 3460 points (Qualified)
First Alternate. Hubert Hurkacz – 3245 points
— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 4, 2023
The final two traditional events on the main tour take place this week, with ATP 250 tournaments hosted in Metz and Sofia.
Due to the ATP Finals lineup now being complete, there have been many withdrawals from both events, however a strong field still remains.
Top seeds in Sofia are the aforementioned Musetti and Adrian Mannarino, with defending champion Marc-Andrea Huesler coming through qualifying.
In Metz, world No.12 Alex de Minaur is the highest ranked player, with Lorenzo Sonego looking to defend his title at the French indoor hard court event.
— Moselle Open (@MoselleOpen) November 6, 2023
ATP rankings track and rank all the players on tour over a 52-week period. Points are awarded for performance, with the biggest tournaments giving out the most points over the course of the year.
Those rankings are then used to determine a number of things, such as seedings at tournaments and deciding who qualifies for the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin.
ATP rankings points awarded/tournament
The following points are awarded for the different tiers of tournaments on the ATP Tour.
|200 for each round robin match win
|ATP Masters 1000||1000||600||360||180||90||45||10 (25)||(10)||25 (16)|
|ATP 500||500||300||180||90||45||(20)||20 (10)|
|ATP 250||250||150||90||45||20||(5)||12 (5)|
To prevent players from manipulating the rankings by playing a large amount of smaller tournaments, only 19 tournaments are admissible over the course of the year to make up a ranking.
That number does not include the ATP Finals, with that treated as an extra earned opportunity to win rankings points. However, the bigger and most prestigious tournaments are considered ‘mandatory’ entries. For example, if a player lost in round one of a Grand Slam, they would not be permitted to omit it from their ranking in favour of an ATP 250 which earned them more points.
Therefore, players who compete at all the mandatory events in a season will have the following breakdown of admissible rankings points:
- 4 Grand Slams
- 8 Masters 1000
- 7 ‘Best Other’ performances
The rankings always cover the previous 52-week period, so any points won further back than that are deducted from a player’s total. That player will, though, have the chance to ‘defend’ their points by repeating or improving upon their previous performance.
An example would be a player who was a defeated finalist at the US Open in 2023 will have 1200 points deducted from their ranking following the 2024 final. Those points would then be replaced by those won at the 2024 tournament.
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