Nadal takes top spot after Montreal title as Medvedev continues to boost London bid - Latest Race to London standings and Nitto ATP Finals player updates

Hannah Wilks in ATP 12 Aug 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev up to no. 6 in the Race after Montreal runner-up finish
  • Latest updates and standings on the Race to London
  • The top eight players will qualify for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals
Rafael Nadal took the top spot in the Race to London after winning the Canada Masters (PA Sports)

Rafael Nadal takes the top spot from Novak Djokovic while Daniil Medvedev continues to boost his bid in the latest standings.

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The latest ATP Race to London rankings show Rafael Nadal taking over the top spot from Novak Djokovic after successfully defending his Canada Masters title, while the man he beat in the final, Daniil Medvedev, continues to strengthen his bid for a debut spot in the ATP Finals field as he moves up to sixth place.

The top eight players in the Race to London will qualify for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals, the year-end championship to be played at London's O2 Arena from 10-17 November. Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has already qualified, as has French Open winner Rafael Nadal, as it is mathematically impossible for them to be overtaken.

Daniil Medvedev (PA Sports)
Nadal, the only member of the Big Three playing at the Rogers Cup, was always the overwhelming favourite to win in Montreal and in the end dropped just one set on his way to a record 35th Masters 1000 Series title, defeating Dan Evans, Guido Pella and Fabio Fognini and receiving a semifinal walkover from Gael Monfils. In the final, he lost just three games against Medvedev and the 1,000 points he earned from winning Montreal took his Race to London total to 7,225, giving him a 500-point lead on Djokovic and pushing the Serb into second place. Both men have already qualified for the ATP Finals.

Medvedev continues on course to make his debut at the ATP Finals in 2019 after reaching his first Masters 1000 Series final in Montreal. Medvedev broke into the top 10 after Wimbledon after having won a 250 in Sofia and reached the finals in Brisbane and Barcelona, and edged up to seventh place after finishing runner-up to Nick Kyrgios in Washington, D.C. The Russian has now won more hard-court matches than anybody else since the beginning of 2018, and didn't drop a set in his run to the Montreal final, beating fellow London hopefuls Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov on the way. He was soundly beaten by Nadal, but his reward for reaching a first Masters 1000 Series final is a rise to sixth place in the Race to trail no. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas by a little over 500 points.

Roberto Bautista Agut, who reached the quarterfinals in Montreal, also edged upwards to seventh place, displacing Kei Nishikori down to eighth after Nishikori lost early to Richard Gasquet.

Gael Monfils rose five places into eleventh after reaching the semifinals, making him an outside contender for the season-ending championships. Karen Khachanov's semifinal run also had an impact as he moved 12 places upwards into the top 20 at no. 17.

The Cincinnati Masters this week, at which most of the top players will be competing, should have an equally big impact on the Race to London.

Latest ATP Race to London standings: Monday 12 August

ATP Race to London 2019 latest standings

StandingPlayerPoints2019 titlesPrevious ATP Finals appearancesBest ATP Finals result
1 - QUALIFIEDRafael Nadal7,225Roland Garros, Rome Masters, Montreal Masters8 (2006-7, 2009-11, 2013, 2015, 2017)Runner-up (2010, 2013)
2 - QUALIFIEDNovak Djokovic6,725Australian Open, Wimbledon11 (2007-16, 2018)Champion (2008, 2012-15)
3Roger Federer5,060Miami Masters, Dubai (500), Halle (500)16 (2002-15, 2017-18)Champion (2003-4, 2006-7, 2010-11)
4Dominic Thiem3,835Indian Wells Masters, Barcelona (500), Kitzbuhel (250)3 (2016-18)RR (2016-18)
5Stefanos Tsitsipas3,140Estoril (250), Marseille (250)0-
6 (+1)Daniil Medvedev2,605Sofia (250)0-
7 (+1)Roberto Bautista Agut2,160Doha (250)0-
8 (-2)Kei Nishikori2,080Brisbane (250)4 (2014-16, 2018)SF (2014, 2016)
Fabio Fognini1,955Monte-Carlo Masters0-
10 Alexander Zverev 1,930Geneva (250)2 (2017-18)Champion (2018)

What's coming up this week, 12-18 August

The second of back-to-back Masters 1000 Series events played in the run-up to the US Open takes place in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are back in action for the first time since they faced off in the Wimbledon final, but Nadal withdrew due to fatigue, leaving an lready lopsided draw looking particularly top-heavy and creating major opportunity for a player in the bottom half.

Here's where the top 20 are playing this week (Race to London ranking in brackets):

1. (2) Novak Djokovic - Cincinnati
2. (1) Rafael Nadal
3. (3) Roger Federer - Cincinnati
4. (4) Dominic Thiem - Cincinnati
5. (8) Kei Nishikori - Cincinnati
6. (10) Alexander Zverev - Cincinnati
7. (5) Stefanos Tsitsipas - Cincinnati
8. (6) Daniil Medvedev - Cincinnati
9. (17) Karen Khachanov - Cincinnati
10. (9) Fabio Fognini - Cincinnati
11. (7) Roberto Bautista Agut - Cincinnati
12. (87) Juan Martin del Potro
13. (24) Borna Coric - Cincinnati
14. (69) Kevin Anderson
15. (11) Gael Monfils - Cincinnati
16. (15) John Isner - Cincinnati
17. (22) Nikoloz Basilashvili - Cincinnati
18. (50) Marin Cilic - Cincinnati
19. (18) David Goffin - Cincinnati
20. (19) Milos Raonic - Cincinnati

Click here for more information about each tournament and for the latest news, schedules, tips & more:

About the Nitto ATP Finals

Widely acknowledged as the fifth biggest title in men's tennis after the four Grand Slams and a trophy without which no aspiring GOAT's resume is complete, the Nitto ATP Finals is the year-end championship exclusively open to the absolute best players of the season.

Unlike the ATP Tour's official rankings, which are computed on a rolling 52-week basis, in the Race to London every single player starts the year at zero and the eight players who accumulate the most points become the ATP Finals field. Players typically qualify throughout the second half of the year as it becomes mathematically impossible to pass them, but the final field is rarely settled until the Paris Masters, the last regular tournament of the season.

The ATP Finals has been played in many of the world's major cities over the decades but its current home is London's O2 Arena, where it was first played in 2009 and will remain until 2020 before moving to Turin, Italy for the 2021 edition.

When the draw takes place, the eight players are divided into two groups of four, each one led by one of the top two seeds and named after an ATP Finals legend (in recent years, groups have been named after Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt, Boris Becker and the like). Players then compete against the rest of their group in round-robin matches, with the two top players in each group progressing to the semifinals.

ATP Finals points & prize money

Ranking pointsPrize money
Participation fee-$203,000
Round-robin match win200$203,000
Semifinal win400$620,000
Final win500$1,280,000
Undefeated champion1,500$2,712,000

As would be expected from a tournament whose purpose is to crown the best of the best, most of the tennis world's greatest champions have won the ATP Finals at least once, although it remains one of the few prizes to elude 18-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Roger Federer holds the all-time record for most titles won, having triumphed at the ATP Finals six times between 2003 and 2011. However, Novak Djokovic then became the dominant force at the year-end championships, following his first triumph in 2008 with winning four consecutive titles in 2012-15 - the first man to do so.

In recent years, the ATP Finals has seen a spate of first-time champions - Andy Murray (2016), Grigor Dimitrov (2017) and Alexander Zverev (2018). Will another new name join the honour roll in 2019?

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Nadal takes top spot after Montreal title as Medvedev continues to boost London bid - Latest Race to London standings and Nitto ATP Finals player updates

Successfully defending his Montreal Masters title saw Rafael Nadal take top spot in the Race to London while runner-up Daniil Medvedev strengthens his bid, rising to no. 6 in the latest standings which track qualification for the year-end championships to be played at London's O2 Arena, 10-17 November

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