Novak Djokovic says whether Rafael Nadal plays the Paris Masters or not will do nothing to stop his quest to make history next year.
The Serbian star has decided to skip the Paris Masters this year, choosing instead to play Vienna where he can add ranking points to his current total.
Nadal’s decision to play Paris-Bercy has been interpreted by some as an attempt to try to pinch the year-end world number one spot from Djokovic.
However, Djokovic has delivered a strong message to his rival.
“Whether or not Rafael Nadal plays in Paris doesn’t change anything because everything is in my hands,” Djokovic told Sportski Zurnal.
“I want to make history as the world number one who has spent the most weeks at the top of the ATP Tour, and I will do everything I can to make it happen,”
“My immediate task is to collect as many points as possible to try to put as much distance between me and the hunting pack before next season.”
Having made no secret of his ambitions, Djokovic showed also admits he is feeling confident of achieving them.
“Of course I’m aware of the amount of weeks, and I don’t know exactly the date, but I know it’s going to be in probably the first or beginning of the second quarter of next year if I eventually maintain my number one ranking,” he said.
“I’m getting closer. I’m in a very good position, I feel like I have been also playing really well and been healthy, which is great.
“Yes, those are the two biggest professional goals that I have at the moment.
“So the historic number one ranking goal is something that is on the horizon, and I’m going to give my all and very best that I can possibly give in the next period to achieve that.
“But also, after that slams will be the big one, of course.”
The earliest Djokovic can surpass Roger Federer for total weeks at world number one is March 8, assuming he holds onto his ranking until then.
Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, is more likely to be worried about Dominic Thiem overtaking him before the Australian Open than he is about catching Novak Djokovic.
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