Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. With this victory, he is now less than 2,000 points behind Nadal in the ATP rankings. Federer is likely to play in Basel and Paris before the ATP finals in London. However, the Swiss ace himself has admitted that he is unsure of reaching No. 1.
Roger Federer said “All I know is the World Tour Finals is a must, probably Paris too and Basel too so that all depends on how Rafa plays. It’s a wild thought and that’s why I’m not thinking about it at this point. I was thinking about it going into the Montreal finals, Cincinnati and the US Open but it didn’t quite work out like I was hoping – so no problem there. I’ll try to be healthy now, we’ll go back to the drawing board in Switzerland and my team will work out what I’m going to play – Basel, Paris, one of those tournaments or both – before I head to London.”
Federer’s Strategy to Reclaim Top Spot in ATP Rankings
Both Federer and Nadal have been on the comeback trail since the Australian Open in January. The absence of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray from the mix has certainly made the journey easier. But the only obstacle in Federer’s meteoric rise was Nadal.
What does the rest of the ATP Tour hold for the Swiss and the Spaniard, only time will tell.