After winning a seventh Paris Masters at the weekend Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic extended his lead in the world ATP rankings over Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz on Monday.
The 36-year-old Djokovic won his 40th Masters 1000 title and stretched his winning run to 18 matches to top the rankings on 11 445 points with 20-year-old Alcaraz on 8 455 heading into the elite year-ending ATP finals in Turin next week.
Denmark’s Holger Rune is the loser of the week, dropping three places to tenth after his quarterfinal loss to Djokovic.
His slip allowed Casper Ruud of Norway to jump one spot to seventh, Germany’s Alexander Zverev to climb to eighth and American Taylor Fritz to move to ninth.
With a maximum of 1,500 points available to an undefeated winner at the ATP Finals, it means Djokovic can secure the year-end No 1 ranking with a single win at the end-of-season tournament in Turin.
If Alcaraz wins the title undefeated, he would end up with 9,955 points but Djokovic would finish top with just one win as each victory at the ATP Finals earns a player 200 points.
As for the official ATP Rankings, Djokovic started his 398th week at No 1 on Monday after picking up another 1,000 points. The Serbian sits on 11,445 points – 2,990 points clear of Alcaraz in second place.
Although the Serbian will drop 1,500 points next week after winning the ATP Finals undefeated last year while Alcaraz will drop no points, much like with the year-end rankings, all he needs to do to reach 400 weeks at No 1 is secure one win in Turin.
Roger Federer is a distant second for most weeks spent at No 1 in the ATP Rankings as he is on 310 weeks, while Steffi Graf is second in the overall list with 37 weeks.
The ATP Finals will run from November 13 to 19, so Djokovic will be on 399 weeks by the time the tournament starts.
ATP rankings as of November 6:
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11445 pts
2. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 8455
3. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 7200
4. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 5490
5. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 5205
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 4435
7. Casper Ruud (NOR) 3625 (+1)
8. Alexander Zverev (GER) 3585 (+1)
9. Taylor Fritz (USA) 3500 (+1)
10. Holger Rune (DEN) 3460 (-3)