This past week, the top eight players contesting for the year-end championships in Turin elected to give their bones some much-needed rest, hence the high number of withdrawals at the last two ATP 250s running concurrently in Bulgaria and France.
It wasn't until Sunday when the ATP Finals officially kicked off, and Djokovic put the final touch of another record-setting season by locking the year-end No. 1 ranking. Carlos Alcaraz ran him close in one of the tightest finishes to an ATP race.
The Spaniard needs at least one round-robin to be certain of finishing the year as the World No. 2. He leads Daniil Medvedev by 1,255 points. The current Top 10 will remain as it is, which means Casper Ruud can't trespass this territory after his season ended in Paris-Bercy.
It is the first time the Norwegian will finish outside the Top 10 places since August 2021. Jannik Sinner will look to hold off the challenge of Andrey Rublev and attain a Top 4 year-end finish. Less than 1000 points separate them. For the third straight year, Hubert Hurkacz will finish in the Top 10.
USA's rising star Ben Shelton's first full season on the main tour has yielded a Top 20 year-end ranking. Shelton will finish the season ranked 17th, and the country's No. 4 player. France's Ugo Humbert breaks the world's Top 20 for the first time after winning his first ATP title since 2021 in Metz.
There was a double French coronation at the weekend as Adrian Mannarino hoisted the other ATP 250 title on offer in Sofia. The lefty equals his previous career-high of No. 22 and becomes the second-oldest man in the current Top 30, behind Djokovic.
Alexander Shevchenko makes his Top 50 debut after a runner-up finish in Metz. The 22-year-old rises 14 spots to a career-high ranking of No. 49 after a dream introduction to life on the ATP Tour. British lefty Jack Draper is the biggest winner in the rankings.
The 21-year-old emulated feat last achieved by his idol Andy Murray in Sofia where he reached his first ATP final. He is the biggest mover in the world's Top 100, rising to 61st, making up 21 spots. Pavel Kotov of Russia breaks the world's Top 70 (67th) thanks to his late-season surge on indoor hard courts.
American teenager Alex Michelsen touched the world's Top 100 for the first time in his fledgling young career. The 19-year-old bagged his second ATP Challenger of the season in Knoxville after outlasting Denis Kudla in the final. He is up to 99th in the new rankings.