The new rankings are out, and World No.1 Rafael Nadal widens the gap in points between himself and Novak Djokovic by winning the Rio Open title. Rafa currently has 14,580 points, exactly 4000 points more than Novak Djokovic’s 10,580 points. He also holds a 9,020 lead over Stanislas Wawrinka, who currently stands at no.3.
It is important to note, however, that Rafa’s 500 points from his 2013 Acapulco title will drop off on March 3rd, putting him back at 14080 points before he goes to Indian Wells. Since Rafa is defending his points at the California tournament, his next opportunity to add points will come shortly after, at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami where he has 0 points because he pulled out last year. Therefore, going into Indian Wells, Rafa will be back to 14080.