Nadal & Djokovic Year-End No. 1 Scenarios Narrow

Top spot on the line at the Nitto ATP Finals

Updated 13 November, 5.30pm GMT

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are down to the wire in their battle to finish as year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. The scenarios for who will finish in top spot narrowed significantly Wednesday when Nadal produced a stunning comeback from 0-4 in the third set to defeat Daniil Medvedev in round-robin play.

Djokovic has a must-win match on Thursday against Roger Federer. If he loses to the Swiss, Nadal will automatically clinch the year-end No. 1 spot for a fifth time. Djokovic must go on to win the title to have a chance of finishing on top.

Year-End No. 1 Scenarios

- Nadal finishes No. 1 if he reaches the final or Djokovic does not win the title
- Djokovic finishes No. 1 if he wins the title AND Nadal does not reach the final

On Thursday Djokovic squares off with Federer in Thursday's evening session. The winner will advance to the semi-finals. The loser will be eliminated.

Nadal is looking to claim year-end No. 1 for a fifth time to tie Djokovic, Federer and Jimmy Connors. Djokovic is looking to equal Pete Sampras' mark of six year-end No. 1 finishes.

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