The new point system in ATP was designed to give advantage to title winners, particularly grand slam winners. It's like: Grand Slam Win : Now - 2000 Earlier - 2000 (i.e double of 1000) Runner up: Now - 1200 Earlier - 1400 Semis: Now - 720 Earlier - 900 Quarters: Now - 360 Earlier - 500 4th Round: Now - 180 Earlier - 300 For Masters - 1000 tournaments, the points are divided by 2, for 500 divided by 4 and divided by 8 for 250. It's all done to ensure that title winners especially Slam winners get enormous advantage. So not much advantage in going to slam quarters. You are a huge 1440 points behind the winner. But still, if Federer wins Wimbledon and Nadal makes finals/semifinals, Federer would still be No. 2 despite holding 3 slams and 1 slam final (a huge 7200 points).