The World No. 1 ranking will be on the line at the upcoming Indian Wells Masters as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal continue their battle for ATP supremacy.
With the Davis Cup qualifiers taking place this weekend, there were no ATP tournaments and thus no changes at the top of the rankings.
However, that’s all set to change when the first Masters 1000 event of the season gets underway at Indian Wells later this week.
All eyes will once again be on Djokovic and Nadal at the top. The Serbian currently leads the Spaniard by 370 points, but Nadal has the chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking in the Californian desert.
Djokovic can ensure he remains No. 1 by reaching the semi-finals, but if doesn’t, Nadal can return to the top spot by winning the title.
Nadal usurped Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking at the end of 2019, but he relinquished it almost immediately in January as the Serbian sailed to an eighth Australian Open title.
The No. 1 ranking was also in play a couple of weeks ago as Djokovic played in Dubai and Nadal competed in Acapulco – both won the respective 500-level titles, with Djokovic remaining on top as a result.
Djokovic was knocked out in the third round of Indian Wells last year by Philipp Kohlschreiber and is defending 315 fewer points than Nadal, who made the semi-finals before withdrawing due to a knee injury.
Whatever happens in Indian Wells and later this month in Miami, Djokovic is in pole position to stay No. 1 for the near future. Nadal is defending 3,900 points during the clay season, while Djokovic is only defending 2,500.
Djokovic (280 weeks) is closing in on Pete Sampras (286 weeks) for the second-most weeks at World No. 1. If he stays on top, he will surpass Sampras on April 20, with Roger Federer – who is out injured until the grass season – holding the record with 310 weeks.
After compiling a perfect 18-0 record to start the season, winning titles at the ATP Cup, Australian Open and Dubai, Djokovic will be looking to extend his unbeaten 2020 as he targets a sixth Indian Wells title.
The 2020 BNP Paribas Open is live from Indian Wells from March 10-22.
Latest ATP Rankings, Monday March 9
1. ?? Novak Djokovic
2. ?? Rafael Nadal
3. ?? Dominic Thiem
4. ?? Roger Federer
5. ?? Daniil Medvedev
6. ?? Stefanos Tsitsipas
7. ?? Alexander Zverev
8. ?? Matteo Berrettini
9. ?? Gael Monfils
10. ?? David Goffin
11. ?? Fabio Fognini
12. ?? Roberto Bautista Agut
13. ?? Diego Schwartzman
14. ?? Andrey Rublev
15. ?? Karen Khachanov
16. ?? Denis Shapovalov
17. ?? Stan Wawrinka
18. ?? Cristian Garin
19. ?? Grigor Dimitrov
20. ?? Felix Auger-Aliassime