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Latest ATP Rankings 29 October 2018: Roger Federer remains No. 3 after winning 99th career title in Basel

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Ranking 28 Oct 2018
  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Federer stays No. 3 with ninth Basel triumph
  • Anderson up to No. 6 after winning biggest career title in Basel
Roger Federer (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Roger Federer has cemented his status as the World No. 3 after claiming his ninth Swiss Indoors title in Basel on Sunday, while Kevin Anderson has moved up two spots to No. 6 after winning his first ATP 500 title in Vienna.

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Federer extended his winning streak in Basel to 20 straight matches as he came from a break down in the opening set to end the dream run of qualifier Marius Copil 7-6(5) 6-4 to emerge triumphant in front of his delighted home fans.

Improving to a 71-9 lifetime record in Basel, Federer has won the tournament in his last four consecutive appearances and has reached the final the past 12 times he’s competed at the ATP 500 event. It’s the 37-year-old’s fourth title of the season, following on from earlier triumphs at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Stuttgart.

Roger Federer (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
The victory also propelled Federer to 99 career titles, meaning he can become just the second player in history to hit triple digits in titles after Jimmy Connors (109) this season if he can secure the Paris Masters or Nitto ATP Finals silverware.

"To come through and win again here in my hometown, never knowing if this might be your last time that you had the opportunity to play a final, maybe win for the last time here in my city, it obviously means a lot to me and it becomes very emotional," Federer said.

Federer still has an outside shot to finish the season as World No. 1 - he currently trails Rafael Nadal by 1,600 points, so he would need to be successful in Paris and London and hope World No. 2 Novak Djokovic’s magical current form dries up.

Meanwhile, it was an excellent week for Copil despite the disappointment of losing the final, with the Romanian coming all the way from qualifying to make the first ATP 500 final of his career.

Copil secured his first two top 10 wins over Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev on his way to the final and rises 33 spots to a career-high ranking of No. 60.

"I would love for it to be the beginning of my career at this level," said Copil. "It was an amazing week. Coming here, I was fighting in order to play and to stay in the Top 100... after this amazing week, I've just gained a lot of confidence in myself and I saw that I can play a much higher level of tennis and I could keep it up."

Elsewhere, Kevin Anderson captured the biggest title of his career at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, defeating Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-6(3) to pick up his first ATP 500 crown.

Kevin Anderson (Photo by HANS PUNZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Anderson, who also prevailed at the inaugural New York Open and finished runner-up at Wimbledon this season, improves to 44-16 for the year and secured his spot at the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time with the win.

"It’s fantastic. It’s been a huge goal of mine all year," said Anderson. "I felt I came pretty close the two previous seasons, but I missed out on it. I think it’s one of our biggest tournaments of the year, really celebrates the Top 8 players of the year. You have to win a lot of big matches against the best opponents in the world to book your spot there, so it’s fantastic to be amongst the best eight players in the world.
"And just London, the event itself, I’ve heard so much about it – a great arena, a great atmosphere – and to do it by winning my first 500 here in Vienna, as well, is a great combination."

Anderson climbs two places in the latest ATP rankings to No. 6 in the world, while Nishikori - who is also chasing a ticket to London - lost his ninth straight final, with his last title coming back in Memphis in 2016. The Japanese remains No. 11 in the world, 125 points behind slumping No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov.

Eighteen of the world’s top 20 are competing at the final Masters 1000 event of the season in Paris this week, led by the return of World No. 1 Nadal and the on-fire Novak Djokovic, who will be gunning for his fourth straight title, with his winning streak dating back to his Cincinnati Masters.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday October 29


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


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Latest ATP Rankings 29 October 2018: Roger Federer remains No. 3 after winning 99th career title in Basel

Roger Federer has cemented his status as the World No. 3 after claiming his ninth Swiss Indoors title in Basel on Sunday, while Kevin Anderson has moved up two spots to No. 6 after winning his first ATP 500 title in Vienna.

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