'It still depends on Novak Djokovic', says former No.1

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'It still depends on Novak Djokovic', says former No.1

With Novak Djokovic at the helm, all the favorites met their fate at the final Masters 1000 of the season. The draw for the main draw was carried out at the Paris-Bercy contest, where clearly the number one in the world starts as the rival to beat.

"Nole" leads the upper part of the table and will have to make his debut in the second round against the winner of the clash between the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics and the Italian Fabio Fognini. If logic prevails, his next rival would be Frenchman Gael Monfils (15), although Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, who is coming at a great moment, cannot be ruled out either.

Also in this upper part of the table are Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, third in the chart, and Russian Andrey Rublev (5). Other players to watch out for are seeded Cameron Norrie (10), Roberto Bautista Agut (14), Félix Auger-Aliassime (9) and Hubert Hurkacz (7).

In turn, the lower part will be commanded by Russian Daniil Medvedev, number two in the world. The US Open champion will have to make his debut against whoever wins between Belarusian Ilya Ivashka and Spanish Albert Ramos-Viñolas.

In his second match, he would collide with a great server like the Croatian Marin Cilic, the American Sebastian Korda or his compatriot Aslán Karatsev (13). Another name importing on the lower side is that of German Alexander Zverev, fourth on the chart, and who waits for the winner between Mackenzie McDonald and Dusan Lajovic.

The Norwegian Casper Ruud (6), the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (11), the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (16), the Italian Jannik Sinner (8) and the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta (12), also come from the bottom of the table.

Becker comments on Djokovic

The 6 time Grand Slam winner, Boris Becker in an interview recently, talked on the tricky subject of Novak Djokovic’s dominance in the coming years. He believes in the coming future, the tennis world will witness a new World No.1.

The former World No.1 quoted, “I think the changing of the guard has already happened. We don’t have a new number one, that’s still Novak Djokovic. But Medvedev on two, Tsitsipas on three, Zverev on four that’s changing of the guard for me.

Something really happened”. Becker continued further, “A lot has happened in the past two years and for me it is actually only a matter of time before one of these three slightly younger ones becomes number one at some point in the next year”.

However, Boris Becker still thinks Djokovic is the favorite. Even at the age of 34, it feels like Djokovic is presently at the prime of his career. He added, “It is possible. It still depends on Djokovic, of course, he’s the big favorite but he’s not getting any younger.“