ATP recently announced the changes that will be introduced in the tennis individual rankings due to the coronavirus pandemic. One of the main measures is that no player will lose points until the end of 2020. Looking at the “big 3”, what impact this decision could have? Could the hegemony of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic be threatened?
A change that can help the “Big-3”
No pressure to defend ATP points. This is how the top three players can face the rest of 2020. This is the current situation:
Probably will finish one more year as world number one. With that, he can approach Federer’s record of weeks as world number 1. The most direct opponent, Rafael Nadal, cannot add more points this year since he won Roland Garros and the US Open last year.
He defends his titles in the US Open and Roland Garros but he knows that he won’t need to defend any point. The new rules guarantee the Spaniards these points until 202. Nadal will be able to manage his future with no pressure and he can even afford not to play Grand Slams or the biggest tournaments.
The Swiss maestro will benefit the most. Federer is recovering from the second surgery of the year and already announced that he will no longer compete in 2020. This way he keeps all the points he collected in 2019 and will have the opportunity to defend them in 2021. He should remain among the top-10.
Dominic Thiem is moving closer
The Austrian could be Djokovic’s biggest threat in the fight for world number one. He will not lose any point earned on clay tournaments and could add some important ones in Cincinnati and in the US Open, where he had no points to defend. Will he be able to surprise?