Yes, that assumes that Federer doesn't go to Asia but Mackem refuted that.
Do you include Shanghai in the "Asian swing" because Federer has confirmed that he's attending and I don't think being exhausted will be a good enough excuse to pull out of Shanghai for a second year (a tournament sponsored by Fed's major endorser - Rolex).
So the 675 point difference that you posted probably won't happen.
Just checked out the official site for Shanghai, and apart from it being in Chinese
I was a bit miffed to find the 1st two pages have a man dominating pictures that hasn't won it for the last 2 years, let alone turn up for one of the years! Disgusting! I hope his rotten face isn't on the AO merchandise this time and that it's Andy and Nole that have pride of place
Anyway, finally located the English icon to translate
News item from 30th August
ROGER Federer has confirmed his participation for the Shanghai Rolex Masters in October, but injured Rafael Nadal, who also missed the US Open, is unlikely to make it this time.
Federer retook the world No. 1 spot after winning the Wimbledon this year. After winning the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month, Federer has accumulated a total of 21 Masters titles, equaling that of Nadal's. But the Spaniard's absence from Shanghai should give the Swiss an edge
and set a new record. Besides Federer, the world's top 44 male tennis players including the No. 2 Novak Djokovic and the No. 4 Andy Murray are also expected to show up for the October 6-14 tournament.