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Djokovic closes the gap on Federer
06:07 AEST Tue Oct 16 2012

Novak Djokovic, who won the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, has closed the gap on Roger Federer at the top of the latest ATP rankings, as the Swiss player enters his 300th week as world No.1.

The Serb, who beat Britain's Andy Murray 5-7 7-6 (13-11) 6-3 to take his 13th masters series title, is now just 195 points behind Federer, who was beaten in the semi-final of the tournament, and could even take his position in the coming weeks.

Neither of the players is due to play in the three tournaments scheduled for this week in Moscow, Vienna and Stockholm.

The only change in the latest world top 10, published on Monday, is Czech player Tomas Berdych and France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who a week after changing position to 7th and 6th, are again back to 6th and 7th respectively.

Berdych beat the French No.1 in the quarter-final in Shanghai.

Meanwhile, the former world No.2, Tommy Haas, of Germany, makes a return to the top 20 at the age of 34, despite his career appearing to be over due to a succession of injuries.

He has not been in the top 20 since May 2010.

In the WTA rankings, Belarus' Victoria Azarenka remained on top after her victory in Linz, Austria, 1,800 points ahead of Russia's Maria Sharapova and 3,055 ahead of Serena Williams, of the United States.

Heather Watson, meanwhile, jumped from 71st to 50th after giving Britain their first WTA tour victory since 1988 by winning in Osaka, Japan.

Australian Samantha Stosur remains at No.9 and will liekly need a top eight player to withdraw in order to earn a starting spot at the end of season championships in Turkey.

ATP world rankings on October 15:

1. Roger Federer (SUI) 12165 pts

2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 11970

3. Andy Murray (GBR) 7690

4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6995

5. David Ferrer (ESP) 5360

6. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 4840 (+1)

7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 4810 (-1)

8. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 3670

9. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 3265

10. Juan Monaco (ARG) 2775

11. John Isner (USA) 2565 (+1)

12. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 2435 (-1)

13. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 2415

14. Marin Cilic (CRO) 2370 (+2)

15. Milos Raonic (CAN) 2335 (-1)

16. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 2000 (-1)

17. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 1955

18. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 1830 (+1)

19. Gilles Simon (FRA) 1815 (-1)

20. Tommy Haas (GER) 1727 (+1)

WTA world rankings:

1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 10955 pts

2. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 9135

3. Serena Williams (USA) 7900

4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 7265

5. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 6515

6. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5470

7. Li Na (CHN) 5095

8. Sara Errani (ITA) 4855

9. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 4330

10. Marion Bartoli (FRA) 3850

11. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 3585

12. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 3075

13. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 2845 (+1)

14. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 2845 (-1)

15. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 2405

16. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 2373

17. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 2249

18. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 2205

19. Julia Goerges (GER) 2025

20. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 1841 (+1)


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