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Djokovic closing in on Nadal’s No. 1 spot

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Halep secures 2nd year-end No. 1 ranking

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Borna Coric of Croatia in their men’s singles fi nal match in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China on Oct 14. (AP)

PARIS, Oct 15, (AFP): Novak Djokovic is closing in on Rafael Nadal’s number one spot after winning the Shanghai Masters title, according to ATP rankings released Monday. Nadal is struggling with a knee injury and has decided to sit out the current Asian segment of the ATP tour. Last week he joined the clean-up operation after deadly flash floods on his native Majorca.

After his 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric in the Shanghai final on Sunday, Djokovic is just 215 points behind the Spaniard. Meanwhile, Simona Halep has secured the year-end number one ranking in the WTA standings for the second year running.

The Romanian spent 40 weeks at No. 1 in 2018, a season that saw her win three titles from a tourleading six final appearances, amassing a 46-11 win-loss record. This year Halep has won the Shenzhen Open, the Rogers Cup and her debut Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros. In addition, she reached the title match at the Australian Open, in Rome and Cincinnati.

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