After lifting his sixth title in Basel on Sunday, it became clear that 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer was close to closing the rankings gap between himself and current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Following his title wins in Shanghai and Basel, Federer is now less than 500 points behind Djokovic. He has the opportunity to collect another combined 2,500 between next week’s BNP Paribas Masters -worth 1000 points – and the year-end championships, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, which is worth 1500 ranking points to an undefeated champion.
Federer will also have the opportunity to collect even more points in the Davis Cup final. He will win 75 points per singles match and will collect an added 75 points if he wins both matches.
“It would be very special to reclaim No. 1,” said Federer. “World No. 1 is what it’s all about in our game. With the year I have had and the amount of finals I have played, the level of tennis I have played, I am pleased to see that I have a shot. But having a shot and being there is two separate things. I am sure that Novak is going to come in very motivated, just after having a baby. I am very happy for him. There are clearly interesting weeks ahead.”
Djokovic is looking to close out the year in the top spot for the third time in four years, while Federer is aiming to equal Pete Sampras’ record of most No. 1 finishes by usurping Djokovic’s spot over the coming month.