Novak Djokovic may have lost the Roland Garros final on Sunday to Rafael Nadal, but he has increased the advantage over the Spaniard. Novak is almost 2000 points ahead of Rafa, earning points in Paris and looking good to complete the season as the year-end no.
1 player for the sixth time. Following the Parisian loss, Novak visited the pyramids in Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, spending three days there with his wife and recharging batteries ahead of the season's remaining events.
The Serb will compete in Vienna for the first time since winning the title there in 2007, seeking 500 points and most probably skipping the Paris Masters ahead of the ATP Finals. After setbacks in New York and Paris, Novak has turned the focus on the year-end rankings, hoping to close the battle as soon as possible and secure the sixth honor, achieved only by Pete Sampras before him.
Novak has been the player to beat in 2020, making the strongest start of the season at the ATP Cup and leading Serbia towards the inaugural title. Carried by this momentum, Djokovic regained the ATP throne after the Australian Open, lifting the eighth crown in Melbourne after beating Dominic Thiem in five sets.
Novak won the title in Dubai before the coronavirus outbreak, continuing where he left in August and conquering Cincinnati, his 35th Masters 1000 trophy. At the US Open, Novak got defaulted for the first time against Pablo Carreno Busta, bouncing back in Rome where he toppled Diego Schwartzman for another Masters 1000 crown.
At Roland Garros, Djokovic advanced to his 27th Major final, suffering a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 loss to Rafael Nadal in two hours and 41 minutes, staying on 17 Major titles and finding other goals for the rest of the year.
Novak Djokovic will try to secure the sixth year-end no.
"I'm going to play the Vienna even though it wasn't originally on my schedule. I haven't played there for 15 years, and I'm happy about that. This season, a very intermittent, different and weird one, at the same time brought me a lot of success, and I'm delighted with my game, points, ranking.
After the month and a half that's left in this season, I hope to finish it as world no. 1. That's my professional goal, and I'm going to work on it; it's mostly up to me. I have played a lot of games for two and a half months...
I could not go out because of the restrictions and rules (due to the coronavirus pandemic), and it has mentally exhausted me a lot. I have spent three days here in Visoko, and I feel recovered and regenerated," Novak Djokovic said.