Djokovic stays top despite Vienna loss

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego during their quarter-final match of the ATP tennis tournament in Vienna, Austria, on October 30, 2020. (Photo by GEORG HOCHMUTH / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT

Novak Djokovic remains top of the world rankings despite his surprise defeat to lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego in Vienna last week, the ATP announced on Monday.

Djokovic made his return to the court in Austria having not played since Roland Garros and has now spent 293 weeks as the world’s best player, edging closer to Roger Federer’s record of 310.

The Serb 17-time Grand Slam winner is virtually guaranteed to equal Pete Sampras’s record of securing a year-ending top ranking for the sixth time with second-placed Rafael Nadal unlikely to play at Sofia this month.

Italian Sonego rises to a career-best of 32nd after inflicting on Djokovic the worst three-set loss of his career.

This week, Nadal is in action at the Paris Masters and said on Sunday he was not worried about injuries that have ended his last two visits to the tournament.

ATP rankings as of November 2

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11830 pts

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9850

3. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 9125

4. Roger Federer (SUI) 6630

5. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5980 (+1)

6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 5925 (-1)

7. Alexander Zverev (GER) 5015

8. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 3839

9. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 3285

10. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 3075

11. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2860

12. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2830

13. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2710

14. David Goffin (BEL) 2555

15. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2400

16. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2400

17. Milos Raonic (CAN) 2265

18. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 2260 (+2)

19. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 2245 (-1)

20. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 2230 (-1)

(AFP)

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