Novak Djokovic, 36, has highlighted that being the world No 1 is "not my priority" and added he will consider it "a bonus" if he manages to finish the year ranked at the top spot. After the US Open - where Djokovic won his 24th Grand Slam title - he replaced Carlos Alcaraz at the top spot.
Just days after winning the US Open, Djokovic came to Valencia to help Serbia seal a spot for the Davis Cup Final 8. Djokovic, who led Serbia to their first and lone Davis Cup title in 2010, is determined to help his country win their second Davis Cup glory this year.
"I have already said many times that being No 1 is not my priority. Only the Grand Slam competitions are important to me, as well as the Davis Cup. If I remain first at the end of the year, that will be a bonus for me," Djokovic told Sport Klub.
Djokovic helps Serbia reach the Davis Cup Final 8
On Friday, Djokovic contributed to Serbia's 3-0 win over Spain by beating Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3 6-4.
After beating South Korea 3-0 in the tie that Djokovic didn't play, Serbia also handled their business extremely well against Spain. With those two wins, Serbia sealed a place in the Davis Cup Final 8 stage that will be taking in November in Malaga. "I'm on cloud nine, as you can see with everything that's has been happening lately on the tennis court.
Playing for Serbia, for my country, is something completely different. It's a huge responsibility and pressure but also an incredible privilege and honour, so I'm really glad that I was able to contribute with a crucial point to qualify for Malaga.
Obviously unfortunate for the Spanish crowd, they wanted Spain to win but I think we did really well ... and now we'll try against the Czech Republic tomorrow to clinch top spot in the group to hopefully get a better draw," Djokovic said.
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