Both on duty in Montreal this week, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are very much the centre of attention as the hard court season gets under way. The winners of seven of the eight major titles to be decided so far this year, including the first three Grand Slam events, the ageless duo will also be vying for the world No1 ranking as of this week.
With 5,460 points to defend between now and the end of the season, including 960 at the US Open, Murray, who will be absent from this week’s Masters 1000 in Montreal, has 70.452% of his current tally of 7,750 points to protect between now and the ATP Finals in London. It is an impossible task for the Scot, whose reign is set to end.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: the story goes on. As the 2017 season continues on its unlikely way, the two are gearing up for the US Open with the world No1 ranking in their sights. Though not necessarily a prime objective for either player, the summit of the ATP Rankings will be theirs to claim in the final half of the season, following Andy Murray’s gradual decline since the start of his injury problems in March and the decisions by Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka to end their seasons early.