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Nitto ATP Finals 2018 Contenders - Latest standings in the Race to London

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 29 Oct 2018
  • Latest news and standings for the upcoming Nitto ATP Finals in London
  • Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson have already qualified for the season-ending championships
  • Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem are the next in line to qualify
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 2018 Nitto ATP Finals will be held at the O2 Arena in London from November 11 and we’ve got the latest standings and news surrounding all the contenders who are vying for one of the eight coveted spots in the season-ending field.

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Current standings:

1. Rafael Nadal, 7,480 points (Qualified)

Current ranking: No. 1
Win/loss in 2018: 45/4
Titles in 2018: Five (Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, French Open, Canada)
Remaining tournaments: Bercy Masters

Rafael Nadal has backed up his extraordinary resurgent season of 2017 that saw him claim two more major titles and return to the No. 1 ranking by remaining at the top of the tennis mountain for most of 2018 and adding a record-breaking 11th Roland Garros title to his trophy cabinet, along with four more pieces of silverware. The Spaniard’s season has come to a halt at the moment after sustaining a right knee injury in the U.S. Open semi-finals, causing him to withdraw from Beijing and Shanghai, but he is set to return to action at the Paris Masters this week.

2. Novak Djokovic, 7,445 points (Qualified)

Current ranking: No. 2
Win/loss in 2018: 45/10
Titles in 2018: Four (Wimbledon, Cincinnati, U.S. Open, Shanghai)
Remaining tournaments: Bercy Masters

After a tough start to the season in which he suffered early exits at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami, Novak Djokovic regained some of his swagger during the clay season before completing a stunning resurgence at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, capturing his 13th and 14th Grand Slam titles and returning to No. 3 in the world. Completing the Golden Masters set with a triumph in Cincinnati in-between, Djokovic is playing the best tennis out of anyone in the world at the moment and is on course to finish 2018 as No. 1 after winning his fourth title of the season in Shanghai.

3. Roger Federer, 5,660 points (Qualified)

Current ranking: No. 3
Win/loss in 2018: 44/7
Titles in 2018: Four (Australian Open, Rotterdam, Stuttgart, Basel)
Remaining tournaments: Bercy Masters

It appeared as if Roger Federer was on course for another incredible season after he successfully defended his Australian Open title and returned to World No. 1 with a triumph in Rotterdam, but the Swiss legend has only been able to win one more title since - the ATP 250-level Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. Federer has suffered some poor defeats to the likes of Thanasi Kokkinakis (Miami), Kevin Anderson (Wimbledon), Borna Coric (Halle), and John Millman (U.S. Open) and hasn’t been able to match his resurgent 2017 - but there’s still time to go, and with Nadal out injured for the foreseeable future, a big end to 2018 could propel him back into No. 1 contention. Federer couldn't win his first Masters 100 title of 2018 in Shanghai as his title defence came to an end in the semi-finals against Borna Coric.

4. Juan Martin del Potro, 5,280 points (Qualified)

Current ranking: No. 4
Win/loss in 2018: 46/12
Titles in 2018: Two (Acapulco, Indian Wells)
Remaining tournaments: None

Juan Martin del Potro has re-established himself at the top of the rankings in 2018, securing his maiden Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells - handing Roger Federer a first defeat of the season - and also winning the 500-level Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco by beating three top 10 players on the trot. The Argentine also returned to a Grand Slam final for the first time since 2009 at the U.S. Open as he went down to Djokovic and hit a career-high ranking of No. 3 in August. Del Potro secured his spot at the ATP Finals for the first time since 2013 after reaching the China Open final in Beijing. However, in a cruel twist of fate, del Potro is in major doubt to compete in London after fracturing his kneecap in Shanghai.

5. Alexander Zverev, 4,905 points (Qualified)

Current ranking: No. 5
Win/loss in 2018: 52/17
Titles in 2018: Three (Munich, Madrid, Washington)
Remaining tournaments: Bercy Masters

It’s been another great season for the 21-year-old Alexander Zverev as he’s cemented himself among the world’s top five and won another three titles, including the Madrid Masters in May. However, Zverev hasn’t really progressed from his career-best year of 2017 so far this season and has still struggled at Grand Slams despite reaching his first quarter-final at the French Open, losing to Hyeon Chung, Ernests Gulbis and Philipp Kohlschreiber at the other three majors before the second week. Nevertheless, Zverev is still fifth in the Race to London and secured his spot at the ATP Finals for the second straight season courtesy of making the Shanghai semi-finals. Zverev arrives in Paris on the back of a semi-final loss in Basel to Marius Copil.

6. Kevin Anderson, 4,220 points

Current ranking: No. 8
Win/loss in 2018: 44/16
Titles in 2018: Two (New York, Vienna)
Remaining tournaments: Bercy Masters

Kevin Anderson needed a big year to remain inside the top 10 after his U.S. Open final points dropped off, and he’s certainly put one together in 2018, highlighted by a stunning run to his second major final at Wimbledon, where he came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer and overcame John Isner 26-24 in the fifth before falling to a resurgent Djokovic. Anderson also won his first ATP World Tour title since 2015 in New York and his second title of the season (and first career ATP 500 crown) in Vienna has seen the South African qualify for the ATP Finals for the first time in his career at the age of 32.

7. Marin Cilic, 3,870 points

Current ranking: No. 6
Win/loss in 2018: 38/16
Titles in 2018: One (Queen’s Club)
Remaining tournaments: Bercy Masters

Kicking off his season by reaching the Australian Open final and hitting No. 3 in the world, Marin Cilic appeared set for bigger and better things throughout 2018, but that hasn’t quite eventuated despite some consistent results, including quarter-finals at Roland Garros and the U.S. Open and beating Novak Djokovic to win the Queen’s Club title. Cilic is attempting to qualify for the ATP Finals for the fourth time in his career and is well-positioned to do so over the remaining two months of the season. The Croatian didn't have a good Asian swing - in fact, he didn't win a match, losing in the opening rounds of Tokyo and Shanghai. Cilic would have cemented his London ticket with a title in Basel, but he lost in the second round, and now needs to make the Paris Masters semi-finals to ensure he qualifies (although he could lose earlier and still make it depending on other results).

8. Dominic Thiem, 3,535 points

Current ranking: No. 7
Win/loss in 2018: 49/17
Titles in 2018: Three (Buenos Aires, Lyon, St. Petersburg)
Remaining tournaments: Bercy Masters

Dominic Thiem cops a lot of heat for his playing schedule and his struggles on hardcourt, but at the end of the day, the Austrian has remained inside the top 10 for two years now and has continued his progression by reaching his first Masters 1000 final in Madrid and maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open, while he also advanced to the quarter-finals of a hardcourt major for the first time at the U.S. Open, pushing Nadal all the way in a fifth-set tiebreak. Thiem also secured his first hardcourt title in over two years in St. Petersburg but suffered a setback as he lost in his Shanghai opener to Matthew Ebden, while he was also eliminated early again in Vienna. The Austrian can confirm his place in London with the Paris title, but like Cilic, can make it in with an earlier loss depending on the results of others.

9. Kei Nishikori, 3,210 points

Current ranking: No. 11
Win/loss in 2018: 38/17
Titles in 2018: Zero
Remaining tournaments: Bercy Masters

Eying off his third appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals, Kei Nishikori has experienced a successful comeback season after a wrist injury derailed his 2017, initially returning on the Challenger circuit before finishing runner-up to Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals and the U.S. Open semi-finals, where he beat Marin Cilic before going down to Djokovic. Still without a title since February 2016, Nishikori set himself up for a busy end to the season as he tries to snap that drought and qualify for the season-ending championships. However, he has lost two finals in Tokyo and Vienna, but has moved up to No. 9 - which might be good enough if del Potro doesn't play. If he does, Nishikori must make the Paris semi-finals to have a chance to qualify.

10. John Isner, 3,065 points

Current ranking: No. 9
Win/loss in 2018: 31/17
Titles in 2018: Two (Miami, Atlanta)
Remaining tournaments: Bercy Masters

After losing six of his first seven ATP matches of the season, John Isner all of a sudden roared to life in Miami, winning his first Masters 1000 title with victories over Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev, while the big-serving American also made headlines at Wimbledon when he made his first Grand Slam semi-final, going down to Anderson in that marathon six-hour contest. Isner responded by winning his fifth Atlanta title and his second U.S. Open quarter-final. Isner had a brief lay-off as he became a father for the first time, missing the Asian swing, and he hasn't really made it back to his best form and must now reach the Paris final to have a chance in qualifying for London.

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Nitto ATP Finals 2018 Contenders - Latest standings in the Race to London

The 2018 Nitto ATP Finals will be held at the O2 Arena in London from November 11 and we’ve got the latest standings and news surrounding all the contenders who are vying for one of the eight coveted spots in the season-ending field.

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