08:29 AM GMT June 25, 2018
Rafael Nadal leads the ATP Race To London after a strong European clay-court swing, but his long-time rival Roger Federer and other contenders for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals in November are making up ground on the Spaniard.
Federer returns to second position in the 2018 year-to-date standings ahead of Alexander Zverev after the Swiss went close to capturing his 10th trophy at the Gerry Weber Open. The 36-year-old opens up a 165-point lead over Zverev (3,660 to 3,495). Federer also narrows the gap on Nadal (5,040) to 1,380 points.
While there is no change in the spots four to eight, Borna Coric’s final victory over Federer on Sunday in Halle has earned the Croatian a 13-place rise to ninth position in the ATP Race To London (1,420).
The Croatian, who defeated Federer for the first time in three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, also beat Alexander Zverev en route his second tour-level trophy (2017 Marrakech).
The 21-year-old Coric is in ninth spot on 1,420 points, just 80 points shy of John Isner in the eighth automatic qualification spot at the Nitto ATP Finals, which will be held at The O2 in London from 11-18 November. Last year, Coric advanced to the semi-finals of the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.
Only 485 points separate seventh-placed Kevin Anderson (1,620) and 2017 finalist David Goffin in 20th place.
Five-time Nitto ATP Finals champion Novak Djokovic, after reaching his first final in almost a year at the Fever-Tree Championships (l. to Cilic), jumps five places to 14th position, 145 points shy of Isner.
After runs to the semi-finals at The Queen's Club, Jeremy Chardy and Nick Kyrgios make double-digit moves. The Frenchman soars 11 places to 26th with 850 points, while Kyrgios rises 12 spots to 28th with 835 points.
Season Finale Appearances For Current Race's Top 8 (as of 25 June 2018)
|Player||ATP Race To London Points||Season Finale Appearances|
|1st Rafael Nadal||5,040||8|
|2nd Roger Federer||3,660||15|
|3rd Alexander Zverev||3,495||1|
|4th Juan Martin del Potro||3,020||4|
|5th Dominic Thiem||3,985||2|
|6th Marin Cilic||2,870||3|
|7th Kevin Anderson||1,620||0|
|8th John Isner||1,500||0|