05:54 AM GMT April 22, 2019
Novak Djokovic has moved ahead of Roger Federer into top spot in the 2019 ATP Race To London, following the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.
Djokovic, the five-time former Nitto ATP Finals champion on 2,405 points, is now 125 points ahead of six-time former titlist Federer (2,280), who will return to competition at the Mutua Madrid Open in two weeks’ time. Nadal, an 11-time champion at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, is in third position with 1,965 points in the year-to-date standings.
Fabio Fognini had soared up 90 places to seventh following his title run in Monte-Carlo, the third ATP Masters 1000 tournament of 2019. The Italian sits in the penultimate automatic qualification spot on 1,190 points after capturing the biggest ATP Tour title of his 15-season pro career. Fognini partnered Simone Bolelli at the 2015 Nitto ATP Finals, but has never competed at The O2 in London as a singles player.
Fourth-placed Stefanos Tsitsipas (1,550), fifth-placed Monte-Carlo semi-finalist Daniil Medvedev (1,255) and Fognini are all attempting to become first-time qualifier into the Nitto ATP Finals. Tsitsipas captured the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals crown in Milan.
Dominic Thiem, the BNP Paribas Open winner in Indian Wells, is in sixth position (1,235) and aiming for a fourth straight qualification to the season finale, while big-serving John Isner, currently sits in the final automatic qualification berth (1,060) – only 65 points clear of ninth-placed Gael Monfils (995).