The defeat of Novak Djokovic against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters (6-3, 5-7, 3-6) will cause a change at the top of the ranking on November 4. Rafa Nadal will return to 'number one' that Monday, just one day after the final of the Paris-Bercy Masters, at the same time that the ATP subtracts the points won during the 2018 Masters Cup from the Serbian.

After seven consecutive wins on the Asian tour, Djokovic bowed his knee to the thriving Tsitsipas, who also knocked Nadal down this season in the semifinals of the Madrid Masters and Roger Federer in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

The Serbian will finish this week with 9,545 points in its overall calculation, only 220 more than Nadal, which will only compete again next October 27 in Paris Bercy. In the French capital, Djokovic could only add, given his status as a finalist in 2018, 400 more if he was proclaimed champion.

However, at the time of the said subtraction prior to the Masters Cup dispute it would remain at 8,945, for at least 9,225 of Nadal. And is that any victory of the Mallorcan in the Palais Omnisports of Paris would allow him to gain weight on his statistics, since he does not defend any point of the past year.

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