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Surpassing Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic leads the race to London 2019 ATP Finals

Surpassing Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic leads the race to London 2019 ATP Finals

The fifth Wimbledon championship, which was won over the weekend, helped the Serbian player Novak Djokovic overcome his rival Rafael Nadal in the race to No. 1 in the world at the end of the season.

After Nadal won his first ticket to London for the ATP Finals at the end of the year, Djokovic also became the second person to board the train. The player currently has 6,725 points on the leaderboard of the race to world No. 1 at the end of the season, 500 points better than Nadal.

This is the first time in 3 years, Djokovic leads this race after finishing Wimbledon. In the 2016 season, he got 8040 points, 815 more than the next one, Andy Murray. That year, Murray with a total of 9 ATP titles, including the championship ATP Finals, ended the year at No. 1 in the world.

Djokovic is facing the opportunity to balance the record 6 times of the year at Pete Sampras' world No. 1 in the period 1993-1998. Nadal is also looking forward to the 5th time, after 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2017.

Top 5 races to London for ATP Finals (updated to July 30th)

Player | Scores

1 Novak Djokovic 6,725

2 Rafael Nadal 6.225

3 Roger Federer 5.060

4 Dominic Thiem 3.315

5 Stefanos Tsitsipas 2.995

12 months ago, Nadal led the race with 5,760 points, while Djokovic took the 5th place with 3,355 points. The Serbian player then reached the final five and won three ATP titles, including the third US Open, before finishing the year at No. 1 in the world along with a 22-match winning streak.

After last year's Wimbledon finished, Federer ranked No. 2 in the race to London with a distance of 1,740 points compared to the leader Rafael Nadal. And before that in 2017 - the season where the Spanish player had the fourth time in his career to finish the year in the world No. 1, also led Federer with 550 points at the same time, while Djokovic at that time stand at 7th place.

Crowned for the fifth time at the All England Club, Djokovic completed his 35th win in this season. He also lost 6 matches since the beginning of the year. Besides two Grand Slam titles (at the Australian Open and Wimbledon), Djokovic also has the 33rd Masters to win in Madrid in May.