Novak Djokovic has reclaimed the ATP top spot for the first time since 2016, while Karen Khachanov, who won the Rolex Paris Masters on Sunday, closed in on a top-10 spot to be ranked 11th, jumping 7 places.
Following four months of sheer determination and utter brilliance, Novak Djokovic, who was ranked No.22 in June, has completed a resurgence to be ranked No.1 in the world after the latest ATP singles rankings were released on Monday, 5 November.
After winning Wimbledon in July, the Cincinnati Masters, the US Open, and the Shanghai Masters in October, Djokovic climbed up the table to be ranked 2nd. With Rafael Nadal still ranked No.1, Djokovic only had to better the Spaniard’s result in the Paris Masters to reclaim top spot. Nadal, however, retired from the event due to an abdominal injury, and that settled the top spot for Djokovic.
Djokovic is the first player to be ranked outside the Top 20 and then rise to No.1 in the same season since Marat Safin in 2000. Safin was as low at No.38 on 28 February, 2000 before becoming No.1 on 20 November that year. When Djokovic fell to No. 22 on 21 May, 2018, it was his lowest ranking since he was No.22 as a 19-year-old on 2 October, 2006.
In possibly the biggest move on the log, Russia’s Karen Khachanov jumped 7 places from 18th to be ranked 11th, following his Paris Masters triumph. The 22-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic past month, in which he won the Kremlin Cup in his home country, Russia before excelling in Paris.
Rafael Nadal is now down to 2nd, while Roger Federer stays put in 3rd. Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev are ranked 4th and 5th, respectively, while South Africa’s Kevin Anderson sits in sixth.