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Djokovic gets rankings points, Nadal still well ahead for No. 1

Nov. 18, 2013 at 7:56 AM   |   Comments

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LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic gains 150 rankings points this week for his two wins in the Davis Cup final but still trails world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic won both of his singles matches in the Davis Cup over the weekend but those were the only two points that Serbia managed in the best-of-five series against the Czech Republic.

No. 7-ranked Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek each won a singles match and teamed for a doubles victory to give the Czechs a second consecutive Davis Cup title.

The Czechs are just the fifth country in the Open Era to defend a Davis Cup championship. The most recent repeat winner was Spain (2009-10) and the others to successfully defend were: Sweden (1984-85 and 1997-98), West Germany (1988-89) and the United States. U.S. teams won each title from 1968-72 and four of the five from 1978-82 (with Czechoslovakia winning in 1980).

Djokovic edges closer to Nadal in the rankings but, with an Australian Open title defense on the horizon, doesn't have a solid chance of returning to No. 1 for some time. Nadal took over the top spot 13 weeks ago and has a total of 115 weeks -- sixth most all-time -- atop the rankings.

With no main ATP tournaments starting until the end of the year, there were no changes in the Top 50 of the rankings this week.

Filippo Volandri topped Alejandro Gonzalez in three sets Sunday in winning the ATP Challenger Tour Finals. Volandri improves 20 places this week to No. 70 in the rankings. Gonzalez moves from 107th to No. 91.

The ATP Top 10 listing player's name, home country and rankings points:

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 13,030

2. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 12,260

3. David Ferrer, Spain, 5,800

4. Andy Murray, Great Britain, 5,790

5. Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina, 5,255

6. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 4,205

7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4,180

8. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland, 3,730

9. Richard Gasquet, France, 3,300

10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 3,065

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