Novak Djokovic is closing in on the record for number of weeks at world number one in mens tennis.
The Serb is currently at 293 weeks as world number one after the rankings freeze this year and is closing in on Roger Federer’s record of 310.
Djokovic has confirmed he is focusing on picking up points in the remainder of this season, he can’t pick up any at the Paris Masters as he is defending champion and this year won’t lose them so the five time champion in Bercy has decided against playing there.
Instead, this coming week the world number one will play in a stacked draw in Vienna with the look at picking up 500 points and a possible 1300 on offer at the ATP Finals in London.
Djokovic has said:
“I can win up to 500 points in Vienna as I didn’t play there last year and there are also a lot of points available in London. (…) I want to go down in history as the world No.1 with the most weeks on top.”
We did think we wouldn’t see, Roger, Rafa or Novak at a Masters 1000 for the first time in 16 years but surprisingly Rafael Nadal who hasn’t made this part of a Paris a home has confirmed his plans to play when he usually skips.
Nadal’s record in one part of Paris at Roland Garros is flawless but his record a few miles south has flaws. Rafa has skipped six of the last ten Paris Masters events, never won the title and has had some uncomfortable times on the indoor hard courts.
Rafael Nadal would love to get back to number one, the Spaniard has some climbing to do and has accumulated 209 weeks at number one in the world and the only other active player is Andy Murray at 41 weeks.