Rafael Nadal leaped over Novak Djokovic in the most recent ATP rankings to earn the No. 1 spot for the first time in over two years. It is the first time since July of 2011 that Nadal has been the number one player in the world as Djokovic falls for the first time in 101 weeks.
Nadal earned the No. 1 spot after reaching the final at the China Open. Nadal is set to face Djokovic in the final.
The big mover in the updated rankings is Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, who jumped up two spots from No. 7 to No. 5. Another recognizable name to the casual tennis fan, Roger Federer, fell for the second straight week to No. 7.
Here are the updated men’s ATP rankings as of October 7 (previous rankings in parenthesis):
1. (2) Rafael Nadal, Spain, 11,160 points
2. (1) Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 11,120
3. (3) Andy Murray, Britain, 6,895
4. (4) David Ferrer, Spain, 6,710
5. (7) Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 4,925
6. (5) Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4,610
7. (6) Roger Federer, Switzerland, 4,515
8. (9) Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland, 3,150
9. (8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 3,115
10. (10) Richard Gasquet, France, 3,095.