A season closing with the fight open for the top of tennis and the chance for an Argentine to enter the Masters
The fifth consecration of Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, after defeating Roger Federer in the final on Sunday in five sets, consolidated the Serbian as the world number one. However, this does not detract from a last quarter that promises an exciting outcome of the season, in which Nole must defend that position and also have the special attraction of the premiere of the new format of the Davis Cup.
At first glance, the outlook for Djokovic seems very comfortable: he is at the top of the ATP rankings with 12,415 points and a comfortable advantage over Rafael Nadal (7,945) and Roger Federer (7,460). However, both the Spanish and the Swiss can still snatch the leadership at the end of the year.
The challenge for the Balkan is great, since he must defend 5690 points in the next four months, product of the great season finale he had in 2018, which was devoted to the US Open and the Masters 1000 of Cincinnati and Shanghai and He reached the final of the London Masters.
On the other hand the Spanish only accumulated 1720 units in that stretch of the year, in which he did not play after the US Open due to an injury in the right knee and an abdominal tear (this absence made him lose the number one in the world), so that, if the body accompanies it, it will surely make your account fatter. For his part, the Swiss will defend 2400 points and will also have good chances of growing.
The three dominators of the circuit will have a few weeks of vacation. While the hard court season in North America will begin next week with the Atlanta ATP 250, neither Nole nor Rafa or Roger are planning to take the racket to the Masters 1000 in Canada, which will be played from August 5 on. the National Bank Court of Montreal and that last year was won by Nadal.
A week later, the Lindner Family Tennis Center will host the Cincinnati Masters 1000, the last important event before the US Open: the last Grand Slam of the season, in which Djokovic will defend the title and the 2000 points he achieved there last year. , will be played from August 26 in New York.
After that, the Asian tour will begin at the end of September, which will conclude with the Masters 1000 of Shanghai (from October 6), the penultimate event of this size before the appointment in Paris (from October 28). In the French capital will be divided the last points that will finish defining the classification to the Masters of London.
The last ATP tournament of the season, which will be played between November 10 and 17 at the O2 Arena, already has two confirmed participants: Djokovic and Nadal secured their places with the points they got at Wimbledon. The other six players who are currently qualifying are Federer, the Austrian Dominic Thiem, the German Alexander Zverev, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Japanese Kei Nishikori and the Russian Karen Khachanov.
However, if one takes into account the performance in 2019, the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut, semifinalist in Wimbledon, and the Russian Daniil Medvedev are among the eight best in a list that finds in an expectant 13th place the Bahiense Guido Pella, who after having accessed the quarterfinals in the London Grand Slam can still fight: he has 1375 points and is placed 480 from eighth place.
As usual, the Davis Cup will put an end to the tennis year, although this time with a renewed format approved by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) based on an agreement with Kosmos Tennis, the investment group belonging to the Barcelona soccer player Gerard Pique, who changed the form of dispute of the contest after 118 years.
In the Caja Mágica in Madrid, the 18 participating teams will compete in six groups of three teams each in the first phase. The winners of the six zones plus the two best seconds will qualify to the quarterfinals and from that instance will dispute direct elimination crosses until they consecrate the champion. All in a week.
Argentina received one of the two special invitations granted by the organization (the other was for Great Britain) and will share group C with Chile and Germany, which will not include Alexander Zverev, one of the players who will not participate because he does not agree with the new competition format (neither will Djokovic).