Originally Posted by sbengte
I know. Though Fed won't gain any points in Basel, I am sure he can't get to no.1 if he loses his first match there. What is the minimum round he needs to make in Basel if he needs to get #1 back ? Also is it official that Djoko won't play Basel ?
Here's how the rankings system works. It's a 1-year rolling system where everything you've done in the past 12 months counts. Let's say you won Wimbledon in 2011 and are holding 12000 points before Wimbledon 2012. 2000 of those 12000 points are from winning the 2011 Wimbledon. If you only make the Finals of Wimbledon in 2012, you gain 1200 points (for making the Final) but the 2000 points from the previous year's Wimbledon drop off. So, effectively, you lose 800 points. Your new ranking points will be 11200. So Federer will not gain any points even if he wins Basel. But he could go past Djokovic because Djokovic will lose his SF points from last year's Basel and won't gain any if he doesn't play this year's Basel.