Men’s governing body ATP on Monday unveiled a revised system for calculating world rankings when the season resumes in August following a five-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Matteo Berrettini in the men’s singles semifinals of the US Open tennis championships on September 6, 2019, in New York. (AP)
If Nadal decides to travel to the United States for the hardcourt season, he would have a chance to pick up points from the Cincinnati Masters after he skipped the event in 2019.
Dominic Thiem, world number three
Thiem will retain the points he gained from his appearance in last year’s French Open final and his semi-final appearance at the Madrid Masters.
The Austrian will also have the scope to improve on his first round exit at the US Open and the early loss in Rome.
Roger Federer, world number four
The biggest gainer from the revised rankings will be Federer, with the Swiss ruling himself out of the rest of the season after undergoing a second knee surgery during the year.
The 20-times Grand Slam winner has not played since his semi-final defeat by Djokovic at the Australian Open and would be able to keep most of the points from 2019 that he would have otherwise lost in normal circumstances.
Daniil Medvedev, world number five
The Russian has the chance to make significant gains during the rest of the year, having lost in the first round at the Madrid and Rome Masters and also the French Open in Paris.
If the results do not go his way, Medvedev will still have the cushion of the significant points he earned by winning the Cincinnati Masters and reaching the U.S. Open final in 2019.
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