Chasing Roger Federer's record, Novak Djokovic takes Vienna wild card

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Chasing Roger Federer's record, Novak Djokovic takes Vienna wild card

With a 37-2 score in 2020, Novak Djokovic has been the player of the season. The Serb claimed one Major title and two Masters 1000 trophies, staying undefeated until the US Open before suffering those two losses at Majors in New York and Paris to spoil the party a bit.

Following the Roland Garros failure against Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic has decided to take a wild card for the ATP 500 event in Vienna that starts on October 26, chasing 500 ATP points and probably skipping the Paris Masters.

Novak is eager to get back on the winning way after Roland Garros, seeking 500 points that would push him further away from Rafael Nadal in the battle for the ATP throne and cement his position ahead of the ultimate competition for Roger Federer's record.

The Swiss spent 310 weeks as world no. 1 and Novak will pass the exclusive ranking records if he remains on the throne until March, more than likely scenario as he keeps all the points won in the opening two months of 2020.

As it seems now, Novak will focus on Vienna and the ATP Finals until the end of the season, looking to increase his tally as he didn't pass the round-robin stage in London a year ago. After earning points at Roland Garros, Djokovic is almost 2000 points clear of Rafael Nadal, standing as the favorite to match that magical number that Roger Federer set in 2018, in his last push towards the leading position in the rankings.

Novak will finish the 2020 season as the year-end no. 1 player for the sixth time in the previous ten years, feeling happy with the way he played but still thinking about those losses at the US Open and Roland Garros, when it mattered the most.

The Serb scored six wins at the ATP Cup, beating Rafael Nadal in the final to claim the title for Serbia and reduce the deficit to the Spaniard.

Novak Djokovic will compete in Vienna for the first time since 2007.

At the Australian Open, Novak lifted the eighth trophy, passing Nadal on the ATP throne and conquering Dubai before the coronavirus outbreak.

Novak looked like a player to beat once the season restarted in August, claiming the 35th Masters 1000 crown in Cincinnati before experiencing the first default in a career at the US Open after hitting the lineswoman. Bouncing back immediately, Novak won the crown in Rome, hoping for more of the same at Roland Garros but suffering a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 loss to Nadal on Sunday.

Djokovic will make the first trip to Vienna since 2007 when he defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-0 to storm over the Swiss and lift the trophy, his fifth of the season and seventh overall. Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Diego Schwartzman should all play in Vienna, hoping to beat Djokovic and steal the title from him.