Novak Djokovic has experienced three very negative highlihgts after resuming competition and winning the Western and Southern Open. The disqualification at the US Open, the hard blow against Rafael Nadal in the final of Roland Garros and the sensational defeat against Lorenzo Sonego in what is perhaps the most humiliating defeat of the Serb's career.
All this after the bitter controversy and all the consequences of the Adria Tour exhibition tournament and the very unflattering declarations of his parents against Roger Federer.
Yet, after these not easy and not positive months, Novak will want to raise his head at the ATP Finals, at the O2 Arena in London.
The world number one chases two very important Roger Federer records in London at the ATP Finals. The 33-year-old Serbian player has two things on his mind: the sixth title in the ATP finals, equaling the 39-years-old Swiss record, and Federer's record for the number of weeks topping the world rankings (310).
Federer is the tennis player who has repeatedly won the year-end Masters: in 2003 and 2004 in Houston, in 2006 and 2007 in Shanghai and in 2010-2011 in London. All in ten finals played. Djokovic has won five trophies in seven finals: in 2008 in Shanghai and from 2012 to 2015 also in London.
The Serbian champion is in second place on this list of champions with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras.
Novak Djokovic: the world (no.1) is not enough
As for the ATP Ranking, currently, with 294 weeks at the top of the chart, Djokovic can only reach 311 and overtake Federer on March 8, 2021, but an unbeaten London title in the group stage will automatically guarantee him that he will be number one.
until that date, as it is mathematically impossible to be outdone with the new ATP Ranking System. It would be a good revenge against those who in recent months have criticized the Serbian, especially from a behavioral and decision-making point of view, after what happened at the Adria Tour, at the US Open and for the creation of the PTPA, with a split inside of the ATP players council.
It would be a further step towards the crowning of an amazing career, which still sees him behind Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Slam Race, but above all in popularity. Djokovic wants to be the strongest champion, the most loved of all.
A difficult task for anyone, but not for one with the Nole mentality. The ATP Finals 2020 groups are: Alexander Zverev, Diego Schwartzman and Daniil Medvedev with Novak Djokovic in the Group Tokyo 1970. Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev with Rafa Nadal in the Group London 2020.
The fifty edition of the Finals, which will obviously coincide with the last stage of a surreal season, will obviously be played behind closed doors. And it will be played in London for the last time. The Finals, from 2021, will move to Turin and will remain there until 2025.
The big absentee of this edition is Roger Federer, who has skipped the most of the season due to double surgery on his right knee. The Swiss Maestro will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, in Melboure. This year, due to the Global Pandemic, only three Majors were played: the Australian Open, won by Novak Djokovic, the US Open, won by Dominic Thiem and the Roland Garros, won by Rafael Nadal.