Article Courtesy: Tom Gainey ~ www.tennis-x.com
Novak Djokovic notched his third ATP title on the season Sunday at the Rogers Cup Toronto with a convincing 63, 62 win over Richard Gasquet.
The win moved Djokovic back ahead of Roger Federer in terms of 2012 ATP ranking points only. Djokovic’s 1000 addition gives him 8,110 points this year. Federer, who did not play in Canada, slips to second at 7,545.
The Swiss, though, still leads Djokovic in the overall 52 week rankings.
This week, the 2012 and the 52 week No. 1 ranking positions are both in limbo and both players have points to defend. Last year Djokovic reached the Cincinnati final, Federer the quarterfinals.
If Federer reaches the final, he will remain No. 1. Djokovic has to at least make the final to hold any hope of returning to No. 1 and being the top seed at the US Open. Djokovic can also win the title and reclaim No. 1 as long as he doesn’t beat Federer in the final.
The 31-year-old Federer opens his Cincinnati campaign against the winner of Nieminen-Bogomolov. Djokovic will play the Haase-Seppi victor.