Rafael Nadal passes Novak Djokovic in the fight for the end of the year n ° 1 | ATP Tour



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Rafael Nadal took the lead in Novak Djokovic's No.1 ranking in the final standings by winning his 12th title at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Nadal overtook Djokovic for the ATP Race To London lead with 5,505 points, taking 780 points ahead of the Serbian second (4,725). This is the third consecutive year that Nadal leads the race after the second Grand Slam of the season and he has rightly won the title to Paris clay on every occasion. This paves the way for what could be an exciting battle for the # 1 year-end ranking of ATP.

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This is the tightest race between the top 2 players after Roland Garros since 2012, when Nadal led Djokovic with 630 points after winning his seventh trophy in Paris. In 2017, Nadal led Roger Federer to second place with 2870 points, and last season he had a lead of 1,545 points over Alexander Zverev, second.

Nadal is now in a strong position to qualify for his fifth year-end (10, 2008, 17, 2008) at the top of the ATP rankings. Nadal would join Djokovic, Federer and Jimmy Connors tied for the second time in this feat, unlike Pete Sampras, who has made it six times.

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Djokovic, 33, has been passed since last month. The Serb took a 900 point lead in the race by winning the Mutua Madrid Open. The Spaniard regained his pace by imposing himself at the BNL Internazionali of Italia then losing only two sets en route to his victory in Paris to qualify for the No.1 race of end of the year.

The 33-year-old, who is now 32-5 in 2019, is poised to qualify for the Nitto ATP finals for the 15th straight year. Nadal, O2 finalist in 2010 and 2013, made his debut in the final of the 2006 season in China.

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