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Latest ATP Rankings 5 November 2018: Novak Djokovic returns to World No. 1; Karen Khachanov rises to No. 11 with Paris Masters triumph

  • Latest ATP rankings
  • Djokovic back to No. 1 despite Paris Masters final defeat to Karen Khachanov
  • Khachanov on the cusp of top 10 debut after winning maiden Masters 1000 crown
Karen Khachanov and Novak Djokovic (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic officially returns to World No. 1 for the first time in two years despite falling to rising star Karen Khachanov in the Rolex Paris Masters final on Sunday, with the young Russian on the verge of breaking into the top 10 as a result.

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On a 22-match winning streak that has yielded titles at Cincinnati, the U.S. Open and Shanghai over the last few months, Djokovic was attempting to secure a record-equalling 33rd Masters 1000 title in Paris, but he had no answers for the explosive power and underrated defence of Khachanov, who delivered one of the year’s most impressive performances to conquer the Serbian 7-5 6-4.

It was a clean and complete display from Khachanov, who recovered from a 1-3 deficit in the opening set to capture the biggest win and title of his young career.

"It means the world to me," Khachanov said after the match. "I couldn't be happier to finish the season like this."

Khachanov reeled off four top 10 wins on the trot in Paris, beating John Isner, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem before upsetting Djokovic in the final. The 22-year-old - who was competing at the Next Gen Finals in Milan this time last year - improves to a flawless 4-0 record in finals in his career, adding the Paris crown to titles already won in Marseille and Moscow this season. Khachanov, who won his debut title in Chengdu in 2016, has won 11 of his last 12 matches to finish 2018 as one of the hottest players on tour.

Karen Khachanov (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
The first Russian to win a Masters 1000 title since Nikolay Davydenko in Shanghai in 2009, Khachanov is also the lowest-ranked player to claim a Masters Series trophy since No. 26 Ivan Ljubicic in Indian Wells in 2010. Khachanov was ranked No. 18 coming into Paris, but he will leave the final regular tour-event of 2018 at a career-high of No. 11, positioning himself nicely to crack the top 10 in January.

Meanwhile, it was still a tremendously successful week for Djokovic despite the disappointment of falling at the final hurdle, with the 14-time major champion returning to World No. 1 for the first time since 2016, replacing Rafael Nadal at the summit of the tennis mountain.

Djokovic is just the second man in ATP World Tour history to go from outside the top 20 to No. 1 in a single season, following in the footsteps of Marat Safin in 2000, who went from No. 38 to No. 1. Djokovic, who went 6-6 over the first few months of 2018, was ranked No. 22 in May before hitting his resurgent form that has propelled him to Wimbledon, U.S. Open, Cincinnati and Shanghai titles.

"I'm satisfied of course and I'm going to be No. 1 tomorrow officially,” Djokovic said after the match. “What more can I ask for? I mean, I won 20-plus matches in a row and had a most amazing last five months of the year."

There were also some huge ranking movers in the opposite direction this week - none more so than last year’s Paris Masters champion Jack Sock, who falls a whopping 85 places to No. 105 despite making the quarter-finals and winning back-to-back matches for the first time this season. It could have been a whole lot worse for Sock if he failed to win a match in Paris, but a run to the last eight might be enough to scrape into the Australian Open main draw directly, depending on the amount of withdrawals and how players ranked around him perform in Challengers for the remainder of the year. Sock might also receive a wildcard from the USTA.

Last year’s Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov has also endured a poor season and falls nine places in the rankings to No. 19, while David Goffin - a semi-finalist in London last year - has slumped 10 rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 22 after an unlucky run with injuries in 2018.

There’s still room for more rankings changes in the top 10 before 2018 draws to a close, with the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals beginning in London on November 11. It will be a two-horse race for No. 1, with Nadal in with a chance to immediately wrestle the top spot back from Djokovic depending on their respective finishes.

Latest ATP rankings, Monday November 5


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


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Latest ATP Rankings 5 November 2018: Novak Djokovic returns to World No. 1; Karen Khachanov rises to No. 11 with Paris Masters triumph

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