Novak Djokovic has 3 months to claim No. 1 ranking

Written by Staff Writer

Boris Schlossberg, Deutsche Bank’s Head of G10 FX Strategy

That hasn’t happened since Roger Federer achieved the feat in 2009, but Djokovic is nine weeks in front of Andy Murray in the rankings. His winning streak is easily the best in his career and his victory over Rafael Nadal at the French Open this year represents the only Grand Slam win this season by a player not ranked one, two or three in the world.

A nagging injury has hurt Murray in recent weeks, raising the possibility that this could be the end of the road for the Briton, but he is only a few months away from the U.S. Open where he is the defending champion. Nadal is not as far off Djokovic’s pace as he may appear at first glance, with eight tournament wins already in the bag, but he is yet to return to the form that won him 14 Grand Slam titles. It is wise to remember, however, that Nadal did not start playing again following his second ankle surgery until November.

Djokovic and Murray, by contrast, are two of the game’s grand old fathers and have both been in terrific form over the past couple of months. Should Murray and Nadal both struggle further in the rankings, the race to end 2017 as the number one could become even closer.

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