Been doing some exact math, since I really see it coming, and this will be Portuguese Tennis history unfolding before us.
Joćo Sousa has it all to become Portuguese best player ever in terms of rank, in a short period of time, and maybe even a Top50. And doing it at the ATP level, which is the real thing.
He defends 40 points until the end of the season, but already secured half of it with today's win against Harrison. Then, he defends 57 in January, and 55 in March. Then, nothing really until Roland Garros.
So, to become Portuguese best ever in the ranks he needs this points, plus 160, to get to 58th or higher. To become first Portuguese Top50 ever, he needs those points plus 240.
Impossible? No. Difficult? Yes, particularly Top50. But he is playing so well and has risen in such a steadily manner, that I really see it coming, maybe somewhere between Aussie Open and RG.
This is all well behind us now, Joćo is now ranked 51 in te world, after the incredible victory in Kuala Lumpur. Next goal, solid Top45, so that he can get direct acceptance in the Clay Masters next year. He is an ATP player until Wimbledon, but it would be good to get to the end of March in Top45, to get directly into Madrid and Rome Masters. From where he stands now, he needs at least 200 points until the end of March, and that is more than achievable.
Am I dreaming too high if I dare to think that he can be seeded in Australia or Roland Garros? I think that he really can, if he keeps his confidence as high as it is right now.
For now, he decided to take two weeks rest, before returning to the circuit in Moscow or Vienna. Then, to finish-up the season, difficult draws but lots of points in Basel or Valencia500 and Paris Masters (playing qualies in these last two, if no WC awarded, which would be only fair).