Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic address battle for year-end No. 1

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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal embrace each other after a match
Djokovic and Nadal will battle it out for high spot (Picture: Getty Images)

The world No. 1 spot remains to be hanging within the steadiness heading into the ultimate week of the ATP season, with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal each combating for supremacy.

Djokovic had been high of the ATP rankings since November 2018 till final week when he surrendered his spot to Nadal, regardless of successful the Paris Masters in the identical week.

He can, nevertheless, wrestle again the highest rating in London and equal Pete Sampras’ all-time file of six year-end No. 1 finishes.

‘In my personal opinion it’s one of many two greatest achievements you may have as an expert competitor and participant – successful a Grand Slam and being No. 1 on the earth on the finish of the season,’ Djokovic stated on the O2 on Friday afternoon.

Most year-end No. 1 finishes

6 – Sampras
5 – Federer
5 – Djokovic
5 – Connors
4 – Nadal
4 – Lendl
4 – McEnroe

‘At this stage of my career obviously in terms of goals and achievements that’s proper on the high, however so as for me to be within the place to battle for that year-end No. 1 I perceive that I’ve to be wholesome and schedule effectively.

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‘Roger [Federer] was talking about family – I don’t know the way he does it with 4 kids. I battle with two. It’s a hell of an effort, however all of us love tennis.

‘We dedicate ourselves and our lives to this sport however on the similar time it must be balanced with off-court stuff and kids and household. We must have the assist of our shut ones in an effort to have the prospect to have a go for the year-end No 1.

‘So I’m actually happy to be within the place however on the similar time I’m attempting to know that longevity as effectively is one thing I’m valuing much more.’

It’s not totally in Djokovic’s fingers. Should Nadal attain the ultimate with out dropping a match, he is assured to complete the 12 months because the world’s greatest participant. Djokovic wants to achieve the ultimate to have a shot of surpassing the Spaniard.

Djokovic – a runner-up in 2018 – will fancy his possibilities of doing precisely that having gained this event on 5 separate events, and he has an opportunity to catch Federer’s file haul of six titles in 2019.

Multiple ATP Finals winners

6 – Federer
5 – Djokovic
5 – Lendl
5 – Sampras
4 – Nastase
3 – Becker
3 – McEnroe
2 – Borg
2 – Hewitt

In distinction, Nadal has by no means acquired his fingers on the season-ending trophy and has usually struggled along with his health on the again finish of a protracted and gruelling 12 months.

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His participation nonetheless stays unsure as he appears to be like to get better from an belly harm – which pressured him to withdraw from the semi-finals of the Paris Masters – however he hopes to provide himself the chance to compete for the No. 1 spot.

Asked if he fancied his possibilities of lastly getting his fingers on the trophy, he replied: ‘First of all I have to play. It’s true I believe I’ve certified for 15 years however I don’t know what number of years I’ve been in a position to full the event.

‘I qualified more times than I had chances to compete at my 100%. At the same time, I would love to have this trophy with me but I can’t complain about all the opposite issues I did. I’m not ready to ask for extra.

‘I want to keep achieving things, this is one of the things I didn’t make occur I need to maintain producing probabilities, enjoying effectively. I hope I’ve my probabilities to have a very good end result.

‘Of course I’d like to be year-end No. 1, there’s no grievance about that. It wasn’t my private objective as a result of I didn’t comply with that factor.

ATP Finals Groups

Group Andre Agassi

Nadal
Medvedev
Tsitsipas
Zverev

Group Bjorn Borg

Djokovic
Federer
Thiem
Berrettini

‘It’s the suitable second in your profession to outline your private objectives. My private objective is to attempt and keep right here, to compete right here so long as attainable. That doesn’t imply I’m not attempting to be No. 1 – by no means. I’m not following that objective. Things I’m doing, I’m within the place I’m at the moment, combating for it – nice!

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‘I’d like to be equal with Roger and with Novak with the 5 year-end No. 1 spot for the tip of the 12 months. It could be one thing incredible for me however actually I can’t complain. I should be centered with my actual objective. The objective is to place me ready to play 100%. If that occurs my objectives can be very totally different.’

The pair have shared the 4 Grand Slams between them this 12 months, with Djokovic successful the Australian Open – the place he beat Nadal within the remaining – and Wimbledon, whereas Nadal has picked up a 12th French Open title in addition to the US Open.

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