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Latest ATP Rankings 28 October 2019 - Federer and Thiem stay in top five with Basel and Vienna titles; Djokovic and Nadal battling for No. 1 ranking

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 27 Oct 2019
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Federer remains No. 3 and Thiem stays No. 5 after winning Basel and Vienna titles respectively
  • Djokovic and Nadal fighting for No. 1 ranking in Paris and London
  • Berrettini makes top 10 debut, de Minaur cracks top 20
Roger Federer (PA Images)

Roger Federer has maintained his stranglehold on the No. 3 ranking after winning a record 10th Swiss Indoors title in Basel on Sunday, while Dominic Thiem’s push to regain a spot in the top four gathered momentum as he won a tour-leading fifth ATP title of the season in Vienna.

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Federer produced a dominant week in Basel, surging to the silverware without dropping a set, capping another triumphant hometown tournament by crushing rising star Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-2 in Sunday’s final.

Roger Federer (PA Images)
Playing in his 13th consecutive Basel final, Federer barely put a foot wrong in an impressive display of attacking tennis, with the 38-year-old securing his fourth title of 2019, levelling with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.

"It was fast but very nice. I think I played a great match. It was a tough opener, in the beginning, the first five games, we had some great rallies. I never looked back," Federer said. "I was great on the offence, made very few unforced errors and came up with the big shots and served well when I had to.
"I thought Alex played a great tournament as well, and I think we both can be very happy. But what a moment for me to win my 10th here in my hometown of Basel."

Federer now has 103 tour-level titles in his trophy cabinet as he continues to draw closer to the record 109 held by Jimmy Connors. The Swiss also increased his lead in the rankings over No. 4 Medvedev, opening up a 1,030-point gap over the Russian, while he’s 2,275 points behind No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

Speaking of, Nadal is guaranteed to return to No. 1 in a week’s time, but the Spaniard can ensure he ends 2019 on top of the tennis mountain if he can win his first Paris Masters title this upcoming week. If he can’t, Djokovic and Nadal will battle it out for the No. 1 ranking at the ATP Finals in London.

Meanwhile, Thiem secured a tour-leading fifth title of the year as he came back from a set down to beat Diego Schwartzman 3-6 6-4 6-3 to become the first Austrian to win the Erste Bank Open title in Vienna since 2010.

Dominic Thiem (PA Images)
Thiem is 9-0 in Austria this year after also winning the Kitzbuhel title without dropping a set a few months ago.

“It’s been an unbelievable year for me in Austria, to win titles in Kitzbühel and now here in Vienna,” said Thiem. “I have had some troubles to deliver my best tennis in front of these amazing crowds in Kitzbühel and also here in Vienna and now, in the same year, I win both titles. It is completely unreal to me."

After struggling on hardcourt previously in his career, Thiem has now won a Masters 1000 crown (Indian Wells) and two 500-level titles in Beijing and Vienna this season. The Austrian remains No. 5 in the world and he will set his sights on ending the season in the top four as he moves onto the Paris Masters and ATP Finals.

There’s also a significant rankings movement in top 10 as Vienna semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini cracks the elite bracket for the first time, rising two spots to a career-high No. 9. The injured Kei Nishikori, who made the Vienna final last year, falls three places to No. 11. De Minaur also climbs 10 rungs on the rankings ladder after his runner-up finish in Basel, breaking into the top 20 for the first time at No. 18.

The entire top 10 will be competing at the last Masters 1000 event of 2019 in Paris this week, although Federer might pull out after winning Basel, with the Swiss to make a decision on Monday.

Latest ATP Rankings, Monday October 28


1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Roger Federer
4. Daniil Medvedev
5. Dominic Thiem
6. Alexander Zverev
7. Stefanos Tsitsipas
8. Karen Khachanov (+1)
9. Matteo Berrettini (+2)
10. Roberto Bautista Agut
11. Kei Nishikori (-3)
12. Fabio Fognini
13. Gael Monfils (+1)
14. David Goffin (-1)
15. Diego Schwartzman
16. Stan Wawrinka (+1)
17. John Isner (-1)
18. Alex de Minaur (+10)
19. Felix Auger-Aliassime (-1)
20. Guido Pella


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Latest ATP Rankings 28 October 2019 - Federer and Thiem stay in top five with Basel and Vienna titles; Djokovic and Nadal battling for No. 1 ranking

Roger Federer has maintained his stranglehold on the No. 3 ranking after winning a record 10th Swiss Indoors title in Basel on Sunday, while Dominic Thiem’s push to regain a spot in the top four gathered momentum as he won a tour-leading fifth ATP title of the season in Vienna.

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