Novak Djokovic Extends Lead Over Roger Federer In Money Rankings

His efforts in Paris were rewarded with a runner-up cheque of €477,315 ($543,159), taking his 2018 prize money to $11,210,184. That’s $2.6 million more than Rafael Nadal and $4.2 million clear of Federer.

Although Djokovic lost in straight sets to rising Russian star Karen Khachanov in Paris on Sunday, the Serb knocked Nadal off the top spot on the men’s ATP World Tour on Monday.

Djokovic last occupied the No. 1 ranking two years ago, and is the first player to climb to the top of the rankings from outside the Top 20 in the same season.

Djokovic, 31, has earned the majority of his 2018 prize money in the past four months as he won two majors, at Wimbledon and the US Open, and two Masters 1,000 titles, in Cincinnati and Shanghai.

Djokovic may lead the prize money rankings this season, the story changes when factoring in off-court earnings. In June, FORBES estimated Djokovic’ total annual earnings, which include prize money and endorsements, at $23.5 million, making him the fourth best-paid tennis player after Federer, Nadal and Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

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With the Nitto ATP Finals, the season-ending tournament for the top eight singles and doubles players in London’s O2 arena which offers more than $2.7 million for an undefeated singles champion, less than a week away, here is a closer look at the biggest on-court earners this season:

Top 10 prize money earners:

  1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia                   $11,210,184
  2. Rafael Nadal, Spain                          $8,663,347
  3. Roger Federer, Switzerland            $6,990,233
  4. Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina $5,958,251
  5. Alexander Zverev, Germany           $5,357,298
  6. Kevin Anderson, South Africa        $4,347,352
  7. Marin Cilic, Croatia                          $4,321,148
  8. Dominic Thiem, Austria                  $4,218,646
  9. John Isner, US                                   $3,817,641
  10. Kei Nishikori, Japan                         $3,383,255(Source: ATP World Tour)