EMIRATES ATP RANKINGS
Nadal Leading The Way In Battle For No. 1
by ATP Staff|
With the final major of the year approaching, Rafael Nadal has a healthy lead over his rivals in the battle for year-end World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
The Spaniard is bidding to reclaim the top spot, having surrendered it to Novak Djokovic on 3 July 2011. He finished year-end World No. 1 in 2008 and 2010 and has held the No. 1 ranking for a total of 102 weeks.
Nadal goes into the US Open with a 2,240 point lead over his nearest challenger, Djokovic. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who is bidding to reach No. 1 for the first time, follows with 5,430 points, 3,580 points behind Nadal.
The 27-year-old Nadal has lost just three of his 56 matches this season, winning nine tour-level titles. He is coming off back-to-back victories at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati and goes into Flushing Meadows with a perfect 15-0 record on hard courts this season, having also titled in Indian Wells. He was forced to miss the US Open last year, sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury.
Djokovic has held the No. 1 ranking for 95 weeks, only briefly interrupted for a period of 16 weeks in 2012 when Roger Federer reclaimed the top position. The Serb has been the year-end World No. 1 the past two years and goes into the US Open as the defending finalist, having finished runner-up to Murray last year.