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Latest ATP Rankings 15 October 2018: Novak Djokovic sets sights on No. 1 return after winning Shanghai Masters title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 15 Oct 2018
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Djokovic back to No. 2 with Shanghai title triumph
  • The Serbian is just 215 points off a return to No. 1
SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 14: Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose with trophy after winning his mens singles final match against Borna Coric of Croatia in the Mens singles final match on day 8 of Shanghai Rolex Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 14, 2018 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic is closing in on a return to the World No. 1 ranking this year after picking up his fourth Shanghai Rolex Masters title on Sunday.

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Ranked outside the top 20 at the start of July, Djokovic is back at No. 2 in the world as he surged to the Shanghai Rolex Masters crown in Sunday’s final showdown with rising star Borna Coric. Djokovic was clinical all week, improving his record in finals in China to an extraordinary 11-0 as he conquered the Croatian 6-3 6-4 to win his 18th consecutive match, while he’s also yet to lose a set since the second round of the U.S. Open.

Djokovic is now just 215 points behind World No. 1 Rafael Nadal after overtaking Roger Federer into No. 2 courtesy of his title triumph. The Serbian also trails Nadal by just 35 points in the year-end ATP Race to London, ensuring a dramatic climax to 2018 when the top eight players of the year converge in London for the season-ending championships in early November.

Djokovic didn’t drop serve all week in Shanghai, holding all 47 of his service games in what he described as one of the best week’s he’s had behind his own delivery.

"This was definitely one of the best service weeks that I've had in my career," Djokovic said. "I was saying before that I have never played on faster courts here in Shanghai, so this year more than ever I needed a lot of success with the first serves in, and I have had plenty of success with first serves and high per cent of first serves in every match. So obviously that brings me a lot of joy."

Returning to action in January after missing the second half of 2017 with an elbow injury, Djokovic went 6-6 through to Madrid and was struggling to recapture his best tennis. However, Djokovic began to hit some resurgent form towards the end of the clay season, and since a runner-up finish to Marin Cilic at Queen’s Club, Djokovic has lost just one match, capturing titles at Wimbledon, Cincinnati, the U.S. Open and now Shanghai.

Novak Djokovic (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Djokovic has no points to defend for the remainder of the season and is in pole position to return to the No. 1 ranking heading into 2019.

Meanwhile, it was an excellent week for Coric despite the disappointment of falling in the final, with the Croatian defeating Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer en route to his first Masters 1000 final.

Also a Masters 1000 semi-finalist in Indian Wells this season, Coric rises six spots in the latest ATP rankings to a career-high No. 13 in the world, with the 21-year-old well-positioned to propel himself into the top 10 over the next few months.

“I'm just happy with the whole week. I think it was a really good week for me, from basically me thinking on Monday morning I'm going to fly out on Monday evening after my first match [against Stan Wawrinka] to playing my first Masters 1000 final. It's awesome. I need to take only positives from this week.”

The other big mover in the top 50 this week was Matthew Ebden, with the Australian reaching his second Masters 1000 quarter-final and climbing 11 places to a career-high mark of No. 40. This week’s Challenger champions also made notable movements: 20-year-old Ugo Humbert won Ortisei and makes his top 100 debut at No. 99, Santo Domingo winner Christian Garin, 22, moves to a career-high No. 103 and rising 18-year-old sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime climbs to No. 109 after winning in Tashkent.

John Isner is the only top 10 player in action this week as the new father returns to action in Stockholm this week alongside No. 14 Fabio Fognini, while No. 15 Kyle Edmund leads the field in Antwerp alongside No. 17 Diego Schwartzman. New No. 19 Marco Cecchinato will be the highest-ranked player competing in Moscow.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday October 15

1. Rafael Nadal
2. Novak Djokovic (+1)
3. Roger Federer (-1)
4. Juan Martin del Potro
5. Alexander Zverev
6. Marin Cilic
7. Dominic Thiem
8. Kevin Anderson
9. Grigor Dimitrov
10. John Isner
11. David Goffin
12. Kei Nishikori
13. Borna Coric (+6)
14. Fabio Fognini (-1)
15. Kyle Edmund (-1)
16. Stefanos Tsitsipas (-1)
17. Diego Schwartzman (-1)
18. Jack Sock (-1)
19. Marco Cecchinato (+2)
20. Milos Raonic

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Latest ATP Rankings 15 October 2018: Novak Djokovic sets sights on No. 1 return after winning Shanghai Masters title

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