ATP Rankings: Rafael Nadal Returns to No. 1 In Spite of Novak Djokovic Triumph at Paris Masters

first_imgParis: Rafael Nadal’s return to the world number one position for the eighth time in his career was confirmed when the ATP rankings were released on Monday.The Spaniard leapfrogs Novak Djokovic even though the Serb sealed his fifth Paris Masters title on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Nadal, whose last stint at the top ended a year ago on November 4, 2018, withdrew from his semi-final against Shapovalov in Paris with an abdominal muscle strain.Djokovic slips down the rankings because he loses the points that he won a year ago in London when Nadal was absent.The 2019 battle between Nadal, winner of the French and US Opens, and Djokovic who triumphed in Australia and Wimbledon is set to go to the wire as either could still finish the year at number one.If the Spaniard does not play or fails to win a round-robin match at the World Tour Finals, Djokovic must claim two group-stage victories and make the final to pass him.Djokovic would also be sure of the year-end top ranking should he win the tournament and Nadal does not reach the semis.Nadal first reached number one on August 18, 2008 when he was just 22. He has spent 197 weeks at the top, the sixth-highest in ATP history behind Roger Federer (310), Pete Sampras (286), Djokovic (275), Ivan Lendl (270) and Jimmy Connors (268).Gael Monfils returns to the top 10 for the first time since February 2017 after reaching the semi-finals in Paris while 20-year-old Shapovalov climbs 13 places to a career-high 15.Latest ATP rankings:1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9,585 pts (+1)2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 8,945 (-1)3. Roger Federer (SUI) 6,1904. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5,7055. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 5,0256. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 4,000 (+1)7. Alexander Zverev (GER) 2,945 (-1)8. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2,670 (+1)9. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,540 (+1)10. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2,530 (+3)11. David Goffin (BEL) 2,335 (+3)12. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2,29013. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 2,180 (-2)14. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,125 (+1)15. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2,050 (+13)16. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 2,00017. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 1,840 (-9)18. Alex De Minaur (AUS) 1,77519. John Isner (USA) 1,770 (-2)20. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 1,747 (+7) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevatpatp rankingsDaniil Medvedev First Published: November 4, 2019, 5:43 PM ISTlast_img read more

France and Spain rail service improvements announced

first_imgFrance and Spain rail service improvements announcedDuring a recent visit to Australia, representatives from France Rail Pass and France-Spain High Speed (Renfe SNCF) have shared that new developments and improvements are underway to further enhance the traveller’s experience when travelling around and between France and Spain.Sylvette Natiez, Head of Distribution at SNCF reinforced that the use of the France Rail Pass is the best and most efficient way to travel around the country. With 800 trains travelling to 230 destinations around the country, the rail service provider has transported 2 billion travellers since 1981. In terms of continued improvements, new lines with double tracks will open between Paris-Strasbourg in July 2016; and between Paris-Bordeaux and Paris-Nantes & Rennes in July 2017. Stations are also being upgraded with improved customer service stations, waiting areas, shops and onboard catering service which features well-known French brands. Agents are reminded that the France Rail Pass allows traveller to connect with neighbouring countries including Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.Alejandra Vitoria, Head of France and International Markets for Renfe-SNCF (a strategic alliance that began the France-Spain High-Speed services from December 2013), reported that the services have proven popular over the last two years, with more than 1.7mil international travellers taking advantage of the high-speed services. Renfe – SNCF connects 21 international destinations, taking passengers from city centre to city centre in Madrid, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona and Figueres in Spain, and Perpignan, Narbonne, Beziers, Agde, Sète, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marseille, Valence, Lyon and Paris in France. Currently, five daily trains join the two countries year-round, a figure that will increase to six daily services in spring and seven by summer.According to Rail Europe Manager Australasia, Ingrid Kocijan, agents have been kept busy now that bookings to France have bounced back after the attacks of last year. With that, she reminds agents that any bookings made by 31 March 2016 on the range of France Rail Pass will not only enjoy a generous 20% discount, but also bonus discounts on city passes and other activities, Also, up to two children (aged 4-11) travel for free with each adult. Rail EuropeSource = Rail Europelast_img read more