USUALLY, the attention of tennis fans is starting to switch off at this time of year. The four major Grand Slams have been completed, the majority of big names have gone in for end of season surgery and our attention is being captured by the end of the AFL & MLB and the commencement of the NFL & NBA seasons. Don’t fall into the trap though, there is still one very important race left in the tennis season of 2017.
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THANKS to the revival of Federer and Nadal this season has been one full of nostalgia and excitement as the two giants of the past generation have laid waste to the rest of the field. Currently, both players have participated in 16 tournaments for the season with two majors apiece to their names and five titles each for good measure. As a result, the pair find themselves the two highest ranked players in tennis for the first time since March of 2011.
THROUGH a string of good health Nadal finds himself in the driver’s seat to claim the No. 1 ranking at seasons end. His aggressive confidence has been on full display as he cruised to a record-breaking French Open crown, before claiming victory at the U.S. Open just a few short weeks ago. His 56-9 win record was highlighted with those two majors taking his career tally to 16, still three shy of Roger where he started this season.
THE end of the season may be a time that Nadal opts to sit out of certain events though in the chance of resting his body for another potential dream run in 2018. If he can claim a win throughout the upcoming Asian schedule and finish with a bang at London, Nadal will be at the top of the food chain.
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FEDERER, on the other hand, has his work cut out for him from here on out. The Swissmen experienced a dip in form slightly after his successful Wimbledon crusade and bowed out in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open to Juan Martin del Potro. Don’t fear though, Federer has experienced success in Asia before which could make the race to the finish line very, very interesting.
HE is more than capable of pulling it off with an event in his hometown of Basal on the horizon. Should he do so, he will become the oldest player to hold the No. 1 ranking at seasons end, surpassing Andre Agassi’s record (33 years old)
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THERE are still over 4,000 ATP points left to be handed out this season so changes at the top of the rankings aren’t impossible. To date, they have combined to register a 95-13 across all tournaments this year, which is incredible for a 31 and 36-year-old who seemed to be in the decline of their careers. With a real possibility that both Nadal and Federer will go down as the two greatest tennis players ever we could very look back at who held the No. 1 rank at the end of the year as a tiebreaker between their two famous careers. The pair will be teaming up in the inaugural Lavers Cup this weekend (that’s right Roger and Rafa TOGETHER), but be sure to tune into the remainder of the season as the race only continues to heat up!
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