Djokovic gets closer to Nadal and Bautista adds 295 points and returns to the ninth position
Novak Djokovic has been the great beneficiary of the triumphant ATP Cup celebrated in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. Not only has he won for his team, Serbia, the champions of the tournament, but he has cut the difference in points with Rafa Nadal in the ATP ranking. The world number 2 has added 660 points of the 750 possible, and he is now, one week after the start of the Australian Open, 520 away of the Majorcan tennis player, who has added 250 points.
Roberto Bautista, the only player of all participants who has not lost a set in six matches, and has ended a great tournament by earning 295 points, the second behind Djokovic. He leaves the tenth place in the ranking and moves up one place positioning himself as the ninth best tennis player in the world.
The ATP Cup has also been very good for Daniil Medvedev. He has played the semifinals (beaten by Djokovic in a very close match) and has concluded winning 255 points that allow him to recover the fourth position of the world ranking at Dominic Thiem’s expense, who has only added 65 points in Australia.
None of the players mentioned will play this week prior to the Australian Open, so this will be ranking they will have going into the first major of the season.
Who has enjoyed a great event is Bautista, who has fulfilled his role as second player of the Spanish team in an unbeatable way. He has defeated six rivals without giving up a set and has positioned himself among the "outsiders" for thevictory in Melbourne behind the three big favourites.
The track record of Pepe Vendrell’s disciple in the ATP Cup is as follows:
RR Aleksandre Metreveli (GEO) W 6-0, 6-0
RR Franco Roncadelli (URU) W 6-1, 6-2
RR Go Soeda (JPN) W 6-2, 6-4
QF Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) W 6-1, 6-4
SF Nick Kyrgios (AUS) W 6-1, 6-4
F Dusan Lajovic (SRB) W 7-5, 6-1